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.
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.
The Center for Astrophysics and Space Science (CASS) produced the third edition of Capturing the Cosmos: an Astrophotography Workshop on September 16 and 17, 2023. Over 120 participants attended the free, two-day intensive where astrophotographers learned what it takes to create breathtaking photos of the Milky Way and the night skies. The hybrid in-person and online workshop included theoretical tutorials, a practical guide to the Abu Dhabi desert and three CASS astronomy seminars. Dr. Moe Abbas conducted a lecture titled About the Stars, Dr. Ahmad Nemer conducted a seminar titled an Overview of Our Planetary System, and Dr. Ahmed Nemer conducted his seminar on Star Formation. The majority of attendees were from Abu Dhabi and 15% Emirati. CASS partnered with the Emirates Astronomical Observatory (EAO) and was sponsored by Canon Middle East and iBrandConnect.
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.
A full agenda may be found here.
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.
A full agenda may be found here.
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 percent young women and 58 percent young men attended the camp. And an overwhelming 95 percent 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.