Soaring Collaborations marked as NAOC and NARIT plan to sign MoU

March 8, 2017

National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) Headquarters,

Beijing, PRC

Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Executive director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand: NARIT paid a visit to the National Astronomical Observatories (NAOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences: (CAS) in the Chinese Capital of Beijing, People’s Republic of China to expand its horizons in the pursuit of new collaborations with the Chinese counterpart.


The expedition of NARIT had been well received by Prof. Suijian Xue, Deputy Director of NAOC. Both parties finalised the contents of the MoU, in which they are planning of signing early next month. The aforementioned MoU shall be highlighted with the emergence of Thailand’s Radio Astronomy development and related sciences.

NAOC was officially founded back in 2001 through the merger of four observatories, three observing stations and one research centre, all under CAS. NAOC is headquartered in Beijing and has four subordinate units across the country: the Yunnan Observatory (YNAO), the Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (NIAOT), the Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory (XAO) and the Changchun Observatory. Its main sciences involve cosmological large-scale structures, the formation and evolution of galaxies and stars, high-energy astrophysics, solar magnetism and activity, lunar and deep space exploration, and astronomical instrumentation. NAOC also has seven major research divisions in the areas of optical astronomy, radio astronomy, galaxies and cosmology, space science, solar physics, lunar and deep space exploration, space astronomical science and technology and applications in astronomy. Furthermore, its facilities are truly world class such as the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopy Telescope (LAMOST), the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), just to name a few.



“With NAOC’s expertise, we are expecting that this MoU shall bring a very much sought-after collaboration in developing radio astronomy in Thailand. Our new radio telescope and its sciences shall be strengthened through this mechanism under these friendship cooperative efforts for many years to come”, remarked Prof. Boonrucksar.

Stay tuned for more news on the expedition of NARIT to NAOC from March 8-12, 2017.