POPULAR ASTRONOMY IN ARMENIA
As due to the fame of BAO (and mostly due to the achievements by Prof. V.A. Ambartsumian) astronomy is rather popular in Armenia, many people are interested in getting elementary astronomical knowledge. For this, popular books, articles, TV programs, and visits to BAO are useful. During the recent years, popular books by Dr. S.E. Nersissian have been published. ArAS has organized a series of TV program on popular astronomy led by L.A. Sargsyan. In the International Year of Astronomy (IYA-2009) we plan a number of new initiatives in this direction.
There are plan to unify all amateurs in Armenia and create an association of amateur astronomers.