Laos utters “Sabaidee” to the closest Super Full Moon Encounter at its National University.

18 November 2016

The National University of Laos (NUOL) hosted an observation for the Super Full Moon phenomenon in the night of 14th November 2016 with a telescope given by NARIT.


Under the lead of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, National University of Laos (NUOL), the Super Full Moon observation was the one and only celestial event held on its very own campus ground, and possibly one of a few in the capital of Vientiane, Laos PDR. Nevertheless, it has brought much anticipation among students and faculty members as if offered a lifetime experience – most of which was for the first – observation via a 10-inch Dobsonian Telescope, that was exclusively made in Thailand and given by NARIT



Back in 2015, H.E. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj – Minister of Science and Technology of Thailand presented 3 aforementioned telescopes to the National University of Laos, Ministry of Science and Technology of Laos PDR and Phonsavanh School in Vientiane. Since then, NARIT – as a regional leading institute in astronomy has been conducting workshops and training programs targeting at young university physics students and high school students in the country to engage people-to-people connectivity and enhance public awareness in science, technology and innovation. Earlier this year, NARIT Team went back to Vientiane again in April to conduct a 2-day lecture and training program on “Cosmology as a Tool to Measure the Universe” and “Basic Stargazing Theories” to over 150 NUOL and Phonsavahn high school students. The visit also included a ministerial courtesy call by H.E. Boviengkham Vongdala, Minister of Science and Technology, Lao PDR with NARIT Executive Director, Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum.




The solid outcome was brought to life in this year’s observation which was held under guidance and instructions from NARIT experts in stargazing activities. Over 20 students and lecturers enthusiastically participated in the event beginning at dusk and lasted a few hours. This event turned into a great success and marked an outstanding milestone for the public interest in astronomy in the years to come.