USAAAO Training

Online USA Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad Training (USAAAO) Training

Though only established in the USA in 2013, 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)


Schedule for USAAAO 2020!

Jan 2nd-Feb 9th: Registration

Feb 10th – Feb 16th: First Round Exam

Mar 23rd – Mar 29th: National Astronomy Competition

Sep 13th – Sep 21th: IOAA


$480 for the 10 class videos with homework at Google Drive.

The first class video is at

75% students from Eric's class qualified as semifinalists last year.


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.

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.

The USAAAO is one of the several national science olympiads (along with USAPhO, USABO, USNCO, etc).

We encourage students could 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.


  • 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)

Order Eric Yang's Online Video USAAAO Class

To order the online video class, please send email to, with the subject title as "USAAAO Online Video" with the student's name, gmail address and parent's name, phone number, email address, and the video class name.

Online courses are non-refundable. Once the course is purchased/accessed, no refund will be granted regardless of the reason.

We accept the following payments:Make a note of student name and class/date(important!)on the payment.

  1. Check payable to SpringLight Education
  2. Online banking pay by Zelle to: For most online bank its free, ask your bank for Zelle pay for details about your online sending money.

If you have any questions, please send email to, or call 408-480-2505.