The Center for Astrophysics and Space Science is dedicated to engaging UAE youth (ages 13-24) with exciting, relevant outreach centered on the topic of astronomy. Our team produces annual events with local sponsors, educational sectors and science-based partners to meet this goal. 

As part of World Space Week, on October 10, 2023, the Center for Astrophysics and Space Science (CASS) hosted Galaxy Quest: a Cosmic Trivia and Lego Night for the NYU Abu Dhabi community. About thirty community members attended the special night, with the majority being children and families. Attendees let their creativity soar by building Legos inspired by NASA.

Capturing the Cosmos

An Astrophotography Workshop 

Astrophotographers join this two-day intensive workshop hosted each fall by the Center. Capturing the Cosmos is catered to astrophotographers to understand what it takes to create breathtaking photos of the Milky Way and the night skies. Both amateurs and professionals are eligible to apply to the program. 

credit: Benjamin Barakat (top, left images); caption: Abu Dhabi night sky taken during the 2nd edition of the Capturing the Cosmos Astrophotography Workshop, produced by the Center for Astrophysics and Space Science.
credit: Maroun Habib (below images); caption: Participants at the 2023 Capturing the Cosmos Astrophotography Workshop.

Astronomy Camp

Our annual camp provides students from eight grade to collegiate level an introductory crash course on the broad topic of Astronomy. Areas include: the solar system, exoplanets, the birth and death of stars and cosmology. Our four day intensive provides students with an opportunity to engage with NYU Abu Dhabi professors and researchers. Students are provided certificates upon the competition of the program.