Astronomical Research Institute, Sri Lanka (ARIS)

About Us

Scope of the Organization

We are the most qualified and most experienced Astronomical institute in Sri Lanka. We have the most competent team members and strongest Astronomical community in Sri Lanka. We provide data analysis and research opportunities for our members and network, combining with the leading international research institutes. We organize best Astronomical training programmes, night camps, workshops, stargazing events, public outreach programmes and any technical, adventure-based and enthusiastic sessions related in Astronomy with maximum productivity to improve Astronomical knowledge of Sri Lankans. We organize Astronomy related events under the endorsement of international Astronomical organizations. We make partnerships and dealerships with leading international Astronomical instrumentation companies to distribute best quality and durable Astronomical instruments throughout the country. Our team is committed for the continual improvement of Astronomy and Space science fields in Sri Lanka with young Astronomers, required for the development of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Nation.


Vision of the Organization

To enrich Sri Lankan young generation with Astronomical knowledge to be young Astronomers required for the development of Science, Technology and Innovation fields in Sri Lanka.

Mission of the Organization

Planning, organizing and conducting Astronomical activities including research programmes, workshops, training programmes, night-sky observation camps, Astrophotography sessions, public outreach programmes, stargazing events, knowledge sharing sessions and distribution of high quality Astronomical equipment and resources, engaging with leading international Astronomical organizations for the development of Astronomy and Space science related knowledge of Sri Lankans.

Quality Policy of the Organization

We are the Leading private Astronomical institute in Sri Lanka which has the most professional staff and the largest community in the field. We organize events and provide opportunities for Sri Lankans to engage with projects of leading organizations. We are expected to be the largest astronomical organization in the south Asian region by 15 years. We have a qualified and experienced team and they have been updating with new knowledge and technology. All the team members are committed to provide high quality service to the nation and continually improve the effectiveness of our services.


Prasanna Deshapriya Ph.D. in Astrophysics LESIA,Observatoire de Paris, Université PSL, CNRS

Management Committee 

President : Mr. Eranga Jayashantha

Scretary: Mr. Yasith Ramawickrama

Treasurer : Mr. Amila Karunarathne
Chief Organizer : Dr. Sithum Gunaratne
Event Coordinator : Mr. Pulasthi Kanaththage
Research Coordinator : Mr. Sankha Karunasekara
Legal Officer : Mr. Harshana Jayaratne
Editor : Mr. Harsha Premachandra

Team Members
Mrs. Sama Mayadunne
Ms. Vishwa Jeewanthi
Mr. Sandaruwan Karunarathna
Mr. Shehan De Zoysa
Mr. Chanuka Gunasekara
Mr. Samitha Hennayake
Mr. Trishan Perera
Mr. Geeneth Punchihewa

Our Strengths
1. Strongest Astronomical Network in Sri Lanka
2. Competence of the team (Qualifications, Experience, Skills & Training)
3. Team work
4. Technology and Instruments
5. Cooperate and Strategic plan
6. Quality of vendors and service providers.

Our Values
1. Innovation
2. Diversity and Equality
3. Trustworthiness
4. Cooperate Social Responsibility

Our Services and Activities
1. All Sri Lanka Asteroid Searching Campaign (ASASC)

We are the official affiliated organizer in Sri Lanka at International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC)
Facilitated by NASA Citizen Science Project
Image sets were taken from Pan-STARRS telescope equipped with world’s largest CCD camera.

More than 290 students from 60 selected teams were particeipated for 1st and 2nd ASASC and Trained by ARIS

600 New Asteroids from the Asteroid belt in the Solar System were discovered by our students.

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2. Activities at Dark Sky Natural Park in Mount K Resort, Rakwana, Ratnapura
I. Sri Lanka School for Young Astronomers (SSYA)
II. Sri Lanka School for Junior Astronomers (SSJA)
III. Sri Lanka School for Advanced Astronomical Studies (SSAAS)

V. “A Billion Star Resort” Special Stargazing events with the sounds of Nature. For Stargazers, Astro-Lovers and Nature Lovers.

VI. “Stellar Navigator” Special Day & Night Adventure activities engaged with Astronomy for Adventure-seekers.

Other Activities and Services

3. Conducting high quality, effective and professional Astronomical workshops, Training programmes,  Observation camps at schools, universities and institutes.  

4. Conducting special Astronomy courses, lectures and training sessions for national and international examinations and competition.

5. Conducting Astronomy related enthusiastic stargazing events for guests in institutes, hotels and resorts under the concept of "A Billion-star Resort/Hotel"

6. Connect Sri Lankan students for Astronomy related activities, research projects organized or endorsed by reputed international organizations. 

International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC-UN)
International Astronomical Search Collaboration, Texas USA.
Astronomers Without Boarders (AWB)
American Association of Variable Stars Observers (AAVSO)

7. Consultation for any Astronomy and Space science related activities or businesses in the initiation, implementation and continual improvement stages for maximum productivity.

8. Building dealerships with high-quality Astronomy instrumentation companies to distribute world-class Astronomy telescopes and accessories in Sri Lanka.

9. Performing researchs in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Astrobiology and Space Science. Giving opportunity to our students get involve with these researches.


Recent Reports

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Dec 20

December 26, Annular Solar Eclipse Observing Public Camp at Ancient Jaffna Fort, Sri Lanka

Astronomical Research Institute, Sri Lanka (ARIS) collaborating with Anandian Astronomical Association, Star Party group and Mount K Adventure Resort organizes a public camp for observing the annular solar eclipse which...

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Mar 11

Night Camp and Workshop at Ambilipitiya President's College

ඇඹිලිපිටිය ජනාධිපති විද්‍යාලිය තාරකා විද්‍යා සංගමයේ ආරාධනය පරිදී Astronomical Research institute of Sri Lanka ආයතනය මූලිකත්වයෙන්, ආනන්ද විද්‍යාලිය තාරකා විද්‍යා සංගමයේ , ආදී ආනන්දීය තාරකා විද්‍යා සංගමයේ හා Star party...

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Location:60/1/A,, Ganemulla road, Kadawatha, Sri Lanka, 11850
Sri Lanka

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