about I’m Prasanna Deshapriya, currently a PhD student at LESIA – Paris Observatory and Université Paris Diderot. I study small bodies of the solar system and I’ve been working with OSIRIS imaging instrument of the Rosetta space mission for more than 1 and half years now. I received my Master degree in Space Applications from University of Science & Technology of Hanoi (USTH), Vietnam and Observatoire de Paris, France. I also hold a Bachelor degree in Physical Science from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2013. I’m also an amateur astronomer, gazing at the skies to better discover the universe. AstroNomad is my official blog where I try to share my accounts with regards to areas of astronomy and space plus my traveling logs combined with them.  I voluntarily worked as the National Point of Contact (NPoC) of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) for Sri Lanka from 2011-2013.


I’ve been working in the development of astronomy in Sri Lanka through various outreach-activity based projects, during last 5 years with the aim sharing with everybody the treasures of starry skies.  In 2008 I started blogging at « IYA2009 – Astronomy Sri Lanka – Beyond IYA » at http://iya2009sl.blogspot.com/ and this blogging journey has today, after about half a decade, brought me to AstroNomad. Actually it was the blog I created to share about IYA2009 related activities in Sri Lanka, but later it boosted my passion to write more. Especially during the year of 2009, my involvement with astronomy outreach grew more for it was the international year of astronomy, dearly known as IYA2009 worldwide. 2009 was a major highlight for me, as I got to know many colleagues and like-minded people who ended up as good friends at the end of numerous collaborative projects conducted internationally. Afterwards I got involved with the Beyond IYA projects and have been contributing towards the upheaval of astronomy education and outreach both locally and internationally.

During the term of 2012-2013 I was the president of Mathematical & Astronomical Society (MAS) of University of Colombo and spearheaded an expedition to Trincomalee for the Venus Transit took plane on 06th June 2012 with the members of the society. Further we managed to organize « Star Quest 2012 », the annual school-based astronomy quiz competition successfully held on 23rd June 2012. Additionally I was invited to present at 5th International Meeting on Astronomy and Astronautics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in April 2012,  representing the Mathematical & Astronomical Society (MAS) of University of Colombo, which turned out to be the debut of my international appearance in a conference and I delivered a presentation on « Outreach of Astronomy in Sri Lanka ».

In January 2013 I took part in « 1st SPACE Retreat » , an unconference-styled, a fortnight-long conference held in Tenerife in Canary Islands, where I delivered my presentation on « Space Tourism ». It is also in 2013 that I had the pleasure of serving as the General Secretary of Sri Lanka Astronomical Association. Then in September 2013 I attended the 12th Space Generation Congress and 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Beijing, China. Then in October I moved to Hanoi, Vietnam where I’m now continuing my Master degree at USTH. In December 2013 I managed to take part in 20th Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) in Hanoi.

My hobbies include traveling, hiking, photography, languages, Chess and music.

Ad Astra Per Aspera!!

Prasanna Deshapriya (AstroNomad)


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