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Iranian students grab third place in Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad - Iranian students participating in the Second International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics have gained the third place by receiving four medals and an honorary diploma, ISNA reported.

Here is the record of the 5-member Iranian team:

Seyed Sadra Sadredinni: Gold medal

Seyed Amir Sadat-Musavi: Silver medal

Erfan Esmaeili: Bronze medal

Faraz Enayati-Ahangar: Bronze medal

Zahra Arjmandi-Lari: Honorary Diploma



The competition was held in Bandung city, capital of West Java Province in Indonesia from August 19-28.


Students from 25 countries including Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Greece, India, Iran, Korea, Lithuania, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Srilanka, Thailand, and Ukraine as well as Vietnam competere in the ten-day event.


The IOAA is a yearly competition on astronomy and astrophysics for high school students. Each member "country" takes turn to host this event.


The First IOAA was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on November 30 to December 9, 2007. The third IOAA will be held in Iran.


Promoting interests of high school students on astronomy and astrophysics is the main purpose of holding the competition. Through participating in the competitions, students will have opportunities to meet fellow students and make friends. This will lead to good understandings among countries and closer cooperation in future researches.

... Payvand News - 08/28/08 ... --

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