USA Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad Training

Though only established in the USA 5 years ago, the Olympiad has been running internationally for more than 40 years, comparable to the other Olympiads.

The USAAAO consists of 4 rounds:

First Round
National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO)
MIT Training Camp
International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)

The test is in February.



Course Description:

If you have a passion for and are motivated in any sort of Astronomy & Astrophysics, this class is for you! An experienced instructor will tell you that even a middle schooler can start without the need of any prepared knowledge. If the students start preparation early, they have really good chance to pass the 1st round and advance.

A strong interest in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Physics is recommended, but definitely not required. Those who have taken a physics course, preferably AP Physics 1 or higher, will be much more prepared for higher lever competition. 

This is SpringLight’s first ever USA Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad (USAAAO) course, and a highly-qualified instructor who has gotten to the USAAAO Training Camp will be teaching the class. The USAAAO is one of the several national science olympiads (along with USAPhO, USABO, USNCO, etc).

At the end, we may hold a fun stargazing event where you’ll utilize a telescope and various techniques to practice observational astronomy, which includes aspects that are tested in all rounds of the Olympiad (including the first round). Historically, in the first round there have been 2-5 questions specifically on constellations, stars, and deep sky objects.


Section 1 10 days class

Dates: 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15; 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9

Time: Saturday 12:00-2:00pm

Section 2 10 days class

Dates: 12/26-30 and 1/2-6.

Time:  1:00-3:00pm

Where: 20432 Silverado Ave, Ste 212, Cupertino, CA 95014

Contact:, 408-480-7547

Tuition: $600 for 10 classes.




  • A strong interest in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Physics is recommended, but definitely not required. 
  • Math: Algebra, though of course more advanced courses would be highly beneficial. Calculus is definitely not needed in any aspect of the first round, and even very little in the National Astronomy Olympiad.


Instructor: Eric Yang

  • 6th Place Overall, Finalist, & Qualifier, USA Astronomy & Astrophysics Olympiad Training Camp
  • One of 15 finalists & invited to 2017 USAAAO Training Camp at MIT, prep for International Olympiad, lectures with researchers, observational astronomy. Top 5 compete in the IOAA, I placed 6th.
  • 2-Time USAAAO Semi-Finalist/Qualifier (2017 & 2018)