The Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics (CAP3) is dedicated to engaging the UAE youth with exciting, relevant outreach centered in the topic of astronomy. Our team develops annual events with local partners and within the educational sector to meet this goal. 

Deep Space Lens

Astronomy Camp


Astronomy Camp is an annual event produced by CAP3. The second iteration took place January 25-28, 2022 virtually, hosting over 100 students eighth grade through collegiate level. CAP3 professors, research staff and other guest speakers held introductory seminars on topics ranging from exoplanets, the solar system, the birth and death of stars, and the milky way. This crash course enabled students to acquire first-hand experience in listening to and engaging with collegiate level seminars. 


The inaugural online Astronomy Camp in January 2021 hosted 24 students aged from eighth grade through collegiate level. Ten professors and research staff held introductory seminars on topics. This crash course enabled students to acquire first hand experience in listening to and engaging with collegiate level seminars. A full agenda may be found here

Students came from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah. 42% young women and 58% young men attended the camp. And an overwhelming 95% of students ranked the course as Excellent or Very Good. Astronomy Camp will continue bi-annually with even more interactive elements!

The Astronomy Camp helped me recognize an already instilled love for space. I learned various topics from the prevalence of astronomy in history to the places it could reach in the future. More importantly though, I was able to understand the research and observations that go into astronomy through the eyes of scientists.

Student, Astronomy Camp '21

Capturing the Cosmos

An Astrophotography Workshop with Manarat Al Saadiyat

The three day free-of-charge astrophotography workshop in October, 2021 was well attended with over 100 participants at the onset of the program. Capturing the Cosmos was catered for advanced photographers who sought a clear understanding of what it takes to create breathtaking photos of the Milky Way and the night skies. The workshop included theoretical tutorials, CAP3 astronomy seminars, and a practical guide in the Abu Dhabi desert. At the end of the program students understood how to plan trips and shoots successfully, how to capture and compose the images, and how to bring the images to life with special advanced post processing techniques. CAP3 partnered with Manarat Al Saadiyat and Al Sadeem Observatory for the workshop and was sponsored by Nikon and ibrandconnect.

The flyer for the event may be found here.

In The News

NYUAD and its cutting-edge, cosmopolitan, and outreach-oriented CAP3
The CAP3, "Centre for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics" of the NYUAD physics department will soon welcome prestigious names, such as the Emirati scientist Ahmed Almehiri, one of the top experts in black hole physics, and Simonetta di Pippo, former director of UNOOSA (UN Office for Outer Space Affairs).
Emirates News Agency [WAM] | October 19,2022