The idea of the contest “Catch a Star” is to encourage students to work together, to learn about astronomy, and to discover things for themselves by researching information about an astronomical object.
The goal of the European Astronomy Contest “Catch a Star” is to stimulate the creativity and independent work of students from European schools, to strengthen and expand their astronomical knowledge and skills, and to help the spread of information technologies in the educational process.
This year’s competition will feature two categories - the first category is the traditional project report on an astronomical topic and the second brand new category invites participants to prepare a short video or animation on an astronomical topic with a duration not longer than 5 minutes. Please, go through the Requirements section to get acquainted with the details.
The teams that present the best projects and videos will receive special prizes from ESO and will participate in video meetings with professional astronomers from ESO and other European observatories. As last year, the announcement and presentations of the best projects and videos will be during a final video conference. There are also two special prizes - the first one is for the best project by the youngest team of students and the other one is for the best project presented by a non-European team.
“Catch a Star 2023" will start on November 1, 2023. The deadline to send the projects is March 31, 2024. The final conference and the award ceremony will be on April 21, 2024.
Project Coordinator: Hristo Stoev.