Karachi Astronomers' Society (KAS) is a dedicated group of astronomers, almost all of them amateurs, in Karachi. KAS is the short name given to this society by the founders. Now KAS has its active members all around Pakistan including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta, Sargoda, Hyderabad and other cities.
The society is made up of individuals who are willing to work for the achievement of KaAS’s goals and objectives from anywhere in the world.
Our vision is to contribute towards the progress of Pakistan in the field of Astronomy both as a Science discipline and as a hobby.
Our mission is to channel the interest in astronomy and space sciences that has existed among Pakistanis since decades for the benefit of the country and its people, and to provide an active and organized platform to pursue and promote astronomical activities on national and international levels.
The seeds of KAS were sown in 2008 when some of the most Amateur Astronomers enthusiasts met at a Partial Solar Eclipse 2008 session at PIA Planetarium, Karachi. From there the society started to grow and in June 2010, we launch this website www.kaasts.com which is the most active Astronomy society website in Karachi and have lot of resources.
Join and be part of Karachi Astronomers Society. You can be a website member by following the link.
By registering yourself to the website, you will be subscribed automatically to the following
Currently, we have 800+ registered members on our website. In addition to that we have 3800+ fans on Facebook.
We offer paid membership at Rs. 1500/Yr* per person to those who are already registered to our website www.KarachiAstronomy.com. For students the membership fee is Rs. 1000/Yr.
By becoming a paid member in addition to the benefits that website members get, you qualify for the following:
We also give KAS Tshirts to our interested members at a cost of Rs. 600/-*. If you want one please tell us the size (S, L, M, XL) and we will bring it for you in our upcoming event.
*The prices can be changed by the KAS Management without prior notice
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Not that Pakistani amateur astronomers don't want to contribute - it's just that most simply don't know astronomical organizations exist in the country. You should tell your family, friends and acquaintances about these astronomy clubs and their activities, and invite them over to events. The internet is one amazing resource.
2. Preparing Flyers
We at KaAS love to arrange sessions for the public every month. Then our core team has our hands full with a multitude of tasks - taking care of logistics, getting the observing and photography equipment ready, preparing for discussions, to name a few - while simultaneously looking after our day time jobs. At such times we really wish that someone would volunteer to design attractive event/meeting flyers. This, unlike arranging telescopes and their logistics, is something anyone can do.
3. Learning the Basics
Preparing attention-gathering flyers well ahead of an event or meeting is a genuinely useful contribution. But there's a small catch - the flyer should be factually correct. So you should spare some time to learn the basics of astronomy through reading. Then you should co-ordinate with the society to better understand its workings. This basic know-how and a little creativity is all that you need to be a valuable part of the Pakistani astronomy community.
Learning the basics will also help you enjoy your time at our meetings and rutjugas (dark sky trips) to the fullest.
4. Making Event Logs
Arranging a public outreach session or meeting is not easy. Planning and successfully organizing a trip to dark sky sites is an even more daunting task. Yet, our core team is always willing to that. What we ask from participants, especially the first or second timers, is to compile detailed, descriptive logs of the activity you observe once you are back from the event. In the past KaAS has organized some of the most successful events in the history of Pakistani astronomy but our core team have to spare so much time for the logistics and planing that it becomes impossible for us to prepare event logs. The result: we have fond memories of the events but no way to share them with other astronomers, the rest of the country and the world.
Again, this is a crucial contribution that you can make.
5. Periodicals and the Mass Media
If you write well, you should tell about our astronomy clubs and their activities to newspapers and magazine, especially those geared towards youth. Don't overlook Urdu language periodicals! Some examples of youth magazines are The Truth, Young World, ماہنامہ گلوبل سائنس , بچوں کا اسلام and VShine World, to name a few.
6. Sharing Knowledge
The KaAS forums are a great way to share knowledge and information about Pakistani astronomy. You should contribute to the discussions over there. Remember the old adage? "Knowledge increases by sharing".
At the end of the day, it's your astronomy group. There's nothing to lose if you contribute to it but there's lots to gain - definitely a win-win situation!
Clear skies and happy star gazing,
The author is a 23 year-old electronics engineer by profession. He has been involved with the Pakistani astronomy scene since 1997 and routinely collaborates with astronomy enthusiasts, both novice and experienced, throughout the country.