Updated : August 6, 2019

Western Astronomy, Eastern Astronomy, AstroPhysics and AstroBiology are some disciplines.


The astronomers studied and mapped the space objects such as stars and comets first with the naked eye and then with the help of telescopes (optical, radio, …) .

Before the advent of the communication satellites and GPS (Global Positioning System), seafarers had to rely on their knowledge of astronomy for navigation.

Edmund Halley is an Astronomer Royal known for the discovery of Halley’s comet. Mark Twain’s birth and death coincided with the two visits of Halley’s comet.


Greenwich is known for its observatory and the adoption of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

UCT (Universal Coordinated Time) is now preferred.

RU and RIT Sayas

Saya U Ba Min (SPHS 56) joined the Mathematics Department at the University of Rangoon. He studied for his MS in Astronomy at the University of California at Berkeley in the US. When he was transferred to Myitkyina College, he resigned citing medical reasons. He opened a shop in Zay Gyo in Mandalay. One day, a group of Japanese visited his shop. They were surprised to learn that U Ba Min was a classmate of their Professor back in the US. They took a photo of U Ba Min to show to their professor.

Saya U Soe Min and Saya U Sein Win taught Astronomy at RASU.

Sayagyi U Min Wun (Civil) is well versed in both Western and Eastern Astronomy.

Saya U Aye Win Kyaw (C70, GBNF) taught Astronomy at BARB (Burma Astro Research Bureau).

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