This year, the Dutch Astronomy Olympiad was organized by the astronomers of the Kapteyn Institute of the University of Groningen. Between 4 April and 15 May, pupils in year 5 of senior general secondary education (HAVO) and year 5 and 6 of pre-university secondary education (VWO) were able to compete in the preliminary rounds. Now, the finalists have been announced and they will come to the University on 4, 5, and 6 July for the finals. In addition, there will be a programme comprising masterclasses, tours, a planetarium show at DOT, a visit to the telescope, and, of course, the award ceremony.
The Dutch Astronomy Olympiad is an annual competition for secondary school pupils who are interested in physics and astronomy The astronomy institutes of the universities of Amsterdam, Groningen, Leiden, and Nijmegen take turns organizing the olympiad. Traditionally, the grand prize of the Dutch Astronomy Olympiad is an observation trip to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the Canary Island of La Palma. Once there, the winner is allowed to make observations using one of the two Dutch-British-Spanish telescope.
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