The New CAAO

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CAAO Junior 2024

 

The CAAO Junior 2024 is organized and conducted by the Canadian Association of Amateur Astronomers (CAAA) in partnership with the Perimeter Institute. The CAAO Junior is the selection exam for team Canada to participate at the IOAA Junior.

 

The CAAO Junior is now available to download. Please read the following instructions carefully before starting.

 

CAAO Junior Rules and Guidelines:

 

Students from any grade and school in Canada can take part in this Olympiad competition. However, only Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be invited to the Canadian team.

 

Participants will have one week to complete the CAAO Junior. The deadline is June 2 at 11:59 PM ET (8:59 PM PT). The CAAO Junior results will be released before the end of June.

 

Books, online resources, and calculators are allowed.

 

Collaboration with others, posting on forums, or paying for external help is not allowed.

 

There is no registration requirement. Any interested students can download the contest and participate. To be eligible for the IOAA Junior selection, please write your solution neatly on separate pieces of paper and email back to info@caao.ca before the deadline.

 

Include the following information in the email when submitting your solutions:

- Student's full name (first name, last name)

- School name, city, province

- Grade

- Email

- Date of birth

 

A confirmation email will be sent out once we receive the contest. If you don't receive a confirmation within a day after submission, please let us know.

 

 


CAAO Junior 2024

 

The Canadian Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiads Junior (CAAO Junior) 2024 is originally scheduled to commence on Friday, March 24. However, we noticed a last-minute issue with one of the problems. As a result, we will delay the release of the CAAO Junior by two days. Detailed competition instructions will be updated on March 25, 2024.

 

The new deadline for the submission of CAAO solutions is at 11:59 PM ET (8:59 PM PT) on Sunday, June 2, 2024. We encourage all interested students to take part in this Olympiad competition and showcase their knowledge in astronomy and astrophysics. The Canadian IOAA Junior team will be chosen from the top 5 students from the CAAO Junior.

 

There is no registration requirement. Any interested students can download the contest and participate. To be eligible for the IOAA selection, please write your solution neatly on separate sheets of paper and email back to info@caao.ca before the deadline.

 

Students from any country can participate in the CAAO Junior. However, only Canadian citizens or permanent residents will have the opportunity to represent Canada at the international Olympiads.

 


CAC 2024 Registration Update

 

Edit: Date change. 

 

We want to announce that the date for the CAC has changed from Friday, April 26 to Friday May 17 Tuesday, May 21.

 

Students can register for the contest through this link. The registration deadline is on Tuesday, May 14.

 

The CAC will be written in-person. Students must contact their respective school teachers to administer the contest. The duration of the contest is one hour and it may be written at any time between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM ET (10:00 AM and 1:00 PM PT).

 

Students should ask their invigilating teachers to reach out to us at info@caao.ca. We will email the contest paper to the designated teacher on the day of the competition.

 

If students can’t find an invigilating teacher, please contact us.


IOAA Team Canada 2024

 

Every year, the most important criteria for the IOAA Team Canada selection is the CAAO. In the case when several students show very close results at the CAAO, the preference is given to students in younger grades to recognize their effort and allow more students to participate in Olympiad competitions. Based on this year’s CAAO results, we are delighted to invite the following students to the IOAA Team Canada 2024:

 

  • Olivia Kay
  • Jarmin Weng
  • Zander Li
  • Hongyi Huang
  • Parth Sheth

2024 Astronomy Contest Dates

 

This year, we’ve made some changes to the 2024 competition dates and rules. Please see the description under each competition and the contest dates for the current academic year.

 

CAAO Senior

The format of the CAAO Senior is similar to that of last year. We will make some adjustments to the question types.

Date: March 2­­­­–9, 2024

 

CAAO Senior Camp

The training camp is for students who have performed well on the CAAO Senior. We have moved the date of the camp to March 2024 as well. Unlike last year, the IOAA team will be formed based on the CAAO results instead of the camp exam results.

Date: March 29–31, 2024. This date is subject to change depending on the location availability.

 

CAC

Last year, we hosted the CAC Sr. and CAC Jr. This year, we will only host one CAC for students in Grade 10 and lower.

Date: Friday, April 26

 

CAAO Junior

We will introduce a new Olympiad competition for students in aged 15 and under. This is the team selection exam for the IOAA Jr. and IAO Jr. competitions.

Date: May 24–31, 2024

 

CAAO Junior Camp

The training camp is for students who have performed well on the CAAO Junior.

Date: TBA


2023 Team Canada IOAA Results

 

We are thrilled to announce Team Canada's returned from the 16th IOAA held in Chorzów, Poland, decorated with three medals: gold, silver, and bronze.

 

Their collective effort has truly showcased the talent Canada brings to the international stage, and each one of them deserves our admiration and gratitude.

 

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New Partners and Sponsors

 

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to McMaster University's Planetarium for their generous support. Your support is essential to help us bringing astronomy and astrophysics education to more students across Canada.

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New Partners and Sponsors

 

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Perimeter Institute for their generous support. Your support is essential to help us bringing astronomy and astrophysics education to more students across Canada.

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Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841

A mere 46 million light-years distant, spiral galaxy NGC 2841 can be found in the northern constellation of Ursa Major. This deep view of the gorgeous island universe was captured during 32 clear nights in November, December 2021 and January 2022. It shows off a striking yellow nucleus, galactic disk, and faint outer regions. Dust lanes, small star-forming regions, and young star clusters are embedded in the patchy, tightly wound spiral arms. In contrast, many other spirals exhibit grand, sweeping arms with large star-forming regions. NGC 2841 has a diameter of over 150,000 light-years, even larger than our own Milky Way. X-ray images suggest that resulting winds and stellar explosions create plumes of hot gas extending into a halo around NGC 2841. via NASA https://ift.tt/mSNa6DC

Dueling Bands of the Night

What are these two bands in the sky? The more commonly seen band is the one on the right and is the central band of our Milky Way galaxy. Our Sun orbits in the disk of this spiral galaxy, so that from inside, this disk appears as a band of comparable brightness all the way around the sky. The Milky Way band can also be seen all year -- if out away from city lights. The less commonly seem band, on the left, is zodiacal light -- sunlight reflected from dust orbiting the Sun in our Solar System. Zodiacal light is brightest near the Sun and so is best seen just before sunrise or just after sunset. On some evenings in the north, particularly during the months of March and April, this ribbon of zodiacal light can appear quite prominent after sunset. It was determined only this century that zodiacal dust was mostly expelled by comets that have passed near Jupiter. Only on certain times of the year will the two bands be seen side by side, in parts of the sky, like this. The featured image, including the Andromeda galaxy and a meteor, was captured in late January over a frozen lake in Kanding, Sichuan, China. via NASA https://ift.tt/cryfIHk