Selection for IAO is through the Malaysian Astronomy Olympiad (MYAO).
The top 3+2 contestants will be selected to the IAO.
- MYAO (October)
- MYAO Final Round (February, top 20)
- Training camps
- IAO (October)
IAO is the International Astronomy Olympiad. The competing part of IAO consists of three rounds: a theoretical, an observational, and a practical. Problems of the theoretical round involve classical problems in branches of astronomy, astrophysics, space and planetary physics, and maybe hypothetical situations. The observational round involves recognizing stars, constellations, estimating star magnitude and angular distance, working with telescopes or other observational technique. The practical round consists of problems based on data results of observations, solutions propose analysis of these data. The chairman is Michael Gavrilov.
There are 3 rounds.
- Theoretical round
- Observational round
- Practical round
Alpha: (3 students)
Only the first time participating in IAOs students and not older than 15.00 years on January 1st of the year of the Olympiad. The last Form educating student cannot participate in the junior group.
Beta: (2 students)
- For the first time participating in IAOs the participants should be: not older than 18.00 years on January 1st of the year of the Olympiad
- For the second time participating in IAOs the participants should be: not older than 17.00 years on January 1st of the year of the Olympiad
- For the third time participating in IAOs the participants should be: students: not older than 16.00 years on January 1st of the year of the Olympiad
- The last Form educating student may participate only in the senior group. Participants of the both groups must be not younger than 14.00 years on December 31st of the year of the Olympiad, and not supposed to study at any institutions of higher education (university or school which can be considered technical colleges).