The International Astronomy Olympiad is an astronomical education curriculum where high school students, between the ages of 14 and 18, take part in an international academic competition. Astronomy is a branch of natural science that involves the study of celestial objects with the use of Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. The IAO is a curriculum that revolves around astronomy itself. The pattern of the questions is built to cultivate ingenuity, innovation and critical thought among the students. The Olympiad not only showcases the participants' talents but also builds strong ability to interact, share thoughts and cooperation between pupils, educators and scientists from different countries. This new culminated ability is of prime importance. One of the main agendas of the event is to build goodwill and harmony.
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If you are looking for the International Astronomy Olympiad date for 2020, you are at the right place. This year's IAO exam was supposed to be held at Matera in mid-October. Given the current international situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was agreed after serious consideration that the 2020 edition of the Olympiad is not feasible in Italy’s Matera or any other region for that matter. The decision was taken in consultation with the XXV IAO Organizing Committee, the IAO Committee, several participating countries and the IAO Chairman. It seems befitting, not mainly because of the situation in a potential host nation but also due to current travel limits between countries.
The alternative is, therefore, to postpone the 2020 edition of the International Astronomy Olympiad date until 2021 and to maintain Matera as the host city of the IAO. Although the International astronomy Olympiad 2020 Exam Dates are not confirmed yet. You can have a look at the list of IAO Exam dates from 2005-2020:
Before you delve into the International Astronomy Olympiad 2020 Exam Dates, you need to get accustomed with the eligibility criteria:
The applicants must be 14-15 years old to qualify for Alpha group
The applicants must be 16-18 years old to qualify for Beta group
Preliminary registration– 16.5 weeks before the beginning of IAO
Regular registration– 10 weeks before the beginning of IAO
Late registration– 6.5 weeks before the beginning of IAO
Very late registration – As you arrive
Knowing simple concepts of high school Physics and Mathematics is required to solve the problems. This will not include differential or integral equations, complex numbers and spherical trigonometry.
Most of the details are removed due to the situation of concern. Contestants will be provided with various supplementary data tables which they can use to solve the given problems.
Problem texts use suitable units commonly used in astronomy and physical sciences. Participants are required to use a suitable unit, apart from just the SI system, in their responses.
The participants must use the right rounding off and communicate the final results with the correct number of significant digits.
Some problems are bearing more than one international definition for terms or designations. These include zero points for azimuths, the sign of time equation, limit degrees for civil twilight, dot or comma digit separators, etc. Solutions to such problems will be deemed correct for both the existent definitions if the actual solution has not been put forward for the problem.
The same applies to issues with the contested parameters like the Hubble constant, etc.
1. How Many Teachers, Team Leader And Observers Can A Country Send Out?
The country with the registered ANRAO sends a national delegation of five contestants to the IAO. Out of the 5 participants, three are for the junior Alpha and two for the Beta group. Two team leaders are also sent with them. Other countries can send a team of three contestants to IAO- two for the Alpha group, one for the Beta group and two team leaders. Observers can send up to three contestants. The decision of LOC and OCC can postulate the maximum number of observers from a country.
2. How Are The Students Selected?
The selected participants are the winners of the final round of the National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO). The selected three or five students participating in the IAO must be in secondary school, studying in the current school year as the year of the event organized in each country that participates in general education. For this reason, every participating country must submit a brief report to the Coordinating Council of the Olympiad on their National Astronomy Olympiad. It is suggested that the selection is not the main objective of the Olympiad. The rounds should mainly emphasize on informing and popularizing astronomy and science in its actual format.
3. Why is the IAO Age Limit Just 18 Years Old for Participants?
The age limit at IAO is the age of the participant at the beginning of the calendar year i.e. autumn. The usual commencement date for IAO dates is in autumn. Thus by then, the actual age limit for the participants is 18 years and 9-10 months at the moment of the Olympiad.
4. Who Pays for the Expenses?
The Local Organizing Committee bears all the costs that include board, housing, meals, sport, transportation, excursions, ceremonial, general organizational expenses and all relevant expenses on behalf of the official number of delegates for the entire Olympic duration. The organizers have to resolve the expenses of additional associates in advance.