Welcome to Sri Lanka Astronomical Association!

The Ceylon Astronomical Association which was founded in June 1959, (later known as Sri Lanka Astronomical Association) and now revived as the Astronomical Association of Lanka (AALK) is a not-for-profit association founded by Sir Arthur C. Clarke and late Herschel Gunawardene.

It is for the purpose of pursuing the study of astronomy and promoting the education of astronomy and related sciences. The revived Association’s goals would include usage of internet to carry research on astronomy and related sciences among university students and others.

Ceylon Astronomical Association has a quite a bit of history to narrate. Please refer to History and About Us pages for more information.


Remembering Sir Arthur C Clarke: On his second death anniversary

A programme to commemorate Sir Arthur C Clarke on his second death anniversary will be held on Wednesday, 17 March 2010 from 4.00 to 7.00 pm at the British Council Auditorium, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3.

The event is jointly organised by the Sri Lanka Astronomical Association (SLAA) and the Arthur C Clarke Estate in partnership with the British Council.

The event will feature an illustrated talk titled ‘Sir Arthur C Clarke: Man Who Lived in the Future’ by Nalaka Gunawardene, science writer and research assistant to Sir Arthur Clarke for 21 years (1987 – 2008).

The talk will be followed by the screening of feature film 2010: The Year We Make Contact (116 mins, 1984). Directed by Peter Hyams on a screenplay co-written by Peter Hyams and Arthur C Clarke, the film starred Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren and Keir Dullea. This is the movie adaptation of the best selling science fiction novel 2010: Odyssey Two that Arthur C Clarke wrote in 1982.

DATE: 17th March 2010
Time: 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Venue: British Council Auditorium
The talk and film screening are open to the public free of charge on a first come, first served basis.

For more information please contact Thilina Heenatigala; General Secretary of Sri Lanka Astronomical Association at 0716 245 545

Press Release of the Program.

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