About AstraX

AstraX, the inter-college Astro-Meet of Indian Institute of Technology Mandi is the center of attraction for students and professors with an inclination towards computational and theoretical astronomy.

Bringing together space science and technology, AstraX is the one and only of it's kind marked by the acing competitions, prodigious talks, lauded workshops and much more. AstraX’21 aims to continue to bring together some of the most brilliant minds of the country under one umbrella to explore different realms of astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology.


Dr. Somak Raychaudhury

Dr. Somak Raychaudhury

He is the Director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. After his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, he worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, USA, where he also was part of the team that built the Chandra X-Ray Observatory for NASA. His research involves a wide range of topics in Cosmology and Astrophysics, from the ground and from Space.

Dr. Laura Hayes

Dr. Laura Hayes

She is currently a research fellow at Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. Her research focuses on the multi-wavelength study of solar flares with a particular focus on oscillatory signatures observed in radio and hard X-ray observations. She has worked as a researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and NASA Frontier Development Lab.

Dr. Bala Iyer

Dr. Bala Iyer

He is a Visiting Professor at ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore. His principal research interest over the last two decades relate to the computation of high accuracy gravitational waveforms for inspiralling compact binaries (ICB) of neutron stars and black holes using multipolar post Minkowskian methods. He has been involved in leading the activities of the Indian Initiative in Gravitational-wave Observations (IndIGO) Consortium.

Dorje Angchuk

Dorje Angchuk

He is an engineer at the Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle, Leh and works at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. He is among the key staff members involved in the commissioning and operation of the telescopes at the IAO. Apart from his professional contribution, he is an outstanding astrophotographer. His pictures have been featured in leading publications such as The New Yorker magazine.


Shooting Star Pre Event

Deadline: May 10th, 2021, 23:59(IST)
"All we ever see of stars are their old photographs" ~ Alan Moore

The Astrophotography Contest that dares you to put a lens to the cosmos and capture it all too well!

Estrella Pre Event

Deadline: May 10th, 2021, 23:59(IST)
Estrella is an online blog writing event. Participants can write their thoughts and research on topics that relate to a given theme. The winning blog entry will be hosted on the official blog of STAC, IIT Mandi.

Enigma The Astronomy Hackathon

Enigma, a hackathon organized in AstraX, makes the participants to brainstorm and dive deep into the data of the cosmos and make something meaningful and cool out of it. It contains multiple tasks, which may require application of relevant astrophysics to find efficient and accurate methods to solve them.

Gordian Knot The Astronomy Quiz

"When it comes down to competition, it's not always about the best skater, it's about who skates the best in that competition."
~Gracie Gold

Mission X The Case Study Challenge

Put your technical excellence to work and bring out the genius in you through this exceptional case study event.

Infinitesimal Abyss Paper Presentation

Ever been inspired by papers on astronomy? Take this opportunity to choose any pre-published paper and present it to the fullest.

War of the Worlds The Ultimate Fight

Are you of the opinion that Captain Marvel can destroy Superman in a fight? Enter into a debate with people who think otherwise and watch your friends participate in similar matchups across different universes in this fun event.

RAD@home Astronomy Workshop

RAD IIT Mandi Workshop

Astronomy Workshop by RAD@home for citizen science research with the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT). Be a part of the workshop in order to play and learn with radio astronomy and even possibly discover deep space objects! RAD@home Astronomy Collaboratory is the first Indian Citizen Science Research initiative in the field of astronomy and astrophysics.
To participate and more, check out workshop's brochure.
Visit rad@home live board for regular updates.


  • Day 1

    14 May 2021

    Opening Ceremony
    16:30 - 17:00 IST

    Keynote Talk by Dr. Bala Iyer
    17:30 - 19:30 IST

    20:00 - 8:00 IST

  • Day 2

    15 May 2021

    RAD@IITMandi Workshop Part 1
    9:00 - 13:30 IST

    Keynote Talk by Dr. Laura Hayes
    15:00 - 17:00 IST

    Keynote Talk by Dr. Somak Raychaudhury
    17:00 - 19:00 IST

    Mission X - Case Study
    19:00 - 21:00 IST

    War of the Worlds
    Begins at 21:00 IST

  • Day 3

    16 May 2021

    RAD@IITMandi Workshop Part 2
    09:00 - 13:30 IST

    The Gordian Knot - Astro Quiz
    13:30 - 14:30 IST

    Infinitesimal Abyss - Paper Presentation
    14:30 - 16:30 IST

    Keynote Talk by Dorje Angchuk
    16:30 - 18:00 IST

    Closing Ceremony
    18:30 - 19:00 IST

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