National Astronomy Challenge (NAC)

The National Astronomy Challenge is an initiative by STEM Research & Innovation to encourage and inspire the young
generation to get engaged and inspired with upcoming 21st Century domains like Astronomy and Space. The challenge
endeavours to develop understanding of astronomy and competitiveness among the young children. The NAC is designed
and developed by academic experts equipped with qualifications as astrophysicists and engineers.

Focussed on
astronomy & space

Access to World
Class Content

6000 +

Designed & led
by Astronomers

Students across the globe can apply!

The National Astronomy Challenge is now going global! If you are a student of grade IV to IX and interested in astronomy,
regardless of your geography, school or education board, you are welcome to register yourself either directly or through school
and be a part of the NAC experience. The following countries list is indicative.

Who can participate?

  • Students from Grade IV to IX in the academic year of 2020 are welcome to participate either through schools or direct.
  • No prerequisite of prior knowledge in astronomy, however wiliness to learn and compete must be there.

How to participate?

  • NAC invites participation either through schools or direct/individual.
  • School can confirm their interest in NAC by filling the form. Team NAC will connect with you to take your through registration process.
  • Direct application could register on the Individual registration link.

Rewards and Recognition

NAC, through its reward and recognition program, would like to ignite the spark of learning among young generation in the field of Astronomy. The Children would be acknowledged for their achievement through various rewards. While, all participants would receive Certificate of Participation, those attaining merit would be given Certificate of Merit.

Two participants from each grade, who attain the highest percentile would be announced as National Champions. National Champions would represent their school, along with their school coordinators, for a 3-days experiential astronomy camp and award felicitation at Chennai. The national champions will get an opportunity to visit ISRO Facility at Shri Harikota and get to meet inspiring leaders and academicians whose guidance set them up for the success.

Past Events

Here are the proud National Champions from the previous two editions of the National
Astronomy Challenge: NAC 2017 (Singapore) & NAC 2018 (Dubai)






ISRO, Chennai

National Champions

We proudly exhibit our National Champions from the previous
two chapters – NAC 2017 and NAC 2018.

Important Dates

Be sure not to miss out on the following important dates for the NAC 2020:
*Please note: the dates of the award felicitation and visit to ISRO will be decided on the
basis of the prevailing COVID-19 situation.


Enroll Yourself Now

Students anywhere in the world, from Grade IV (4th) to Grade IX (9th) are welcome to participate in the National Astronomy Challenge!