All India Asteroid Search Campaign



Over the span of 7 successful years, SPACE provided this opportunity to more than 500 participants across India, which has resulted in several achievements and discoveries, and many for the first time in India by school children. Through the training provided by SPACE to Indian students, have achieved a remarkable number of 1 Numbered Asteroid Discovery, 49 Provisional Discoveries of Asteroids, 2 Special Discoveries, 1458 Preliminary Discoveries of Asteroids, 62 Near Earth Object Confirmations and 1636 Near Earth Object Observations.

All India Asteroid Search Campaign, a unique and exclusive International platform created by SPACE for Indian students and amateur astronomers across India since 2010.

In the eighth consecutive year of providing this platform to enthusiasts in India, in 2017, SPACE has again brought this opportunity to live the lifetime experience of hunting asteroids in Main Belt Asteroids.

SPACE conducts this campaign across India, in association with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) conducted by Dr. Patrick Miller of Hardin Simmons University, USA as an educational outreach programme.

The students will be specially trained to search asteroids in the Main Belt Asteroid through advanced data analysis and especially designed software.

In AIASC 2017, students will access the real time data from the ‘Pan Starrs’ (The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) Telescope, locatedat Hawaii, US and uses a 1.8 m (60 inch) telescope to survey the sky to look for asteroids, comets and Near Earth Objects (NEO).

The Campaign enables the students and amateurs to get exclusive access to astronomy images, which are otherwise not accessible till the post graduate level, and get training in advanced data analysis and software as well as interact with international scientists, all of which builds up to an invaluable real time research experience. Through this campaign, students have made confirmed discoveries of Main Belt Asteroids and important observations that contribute to the NASA Near-Earth Object (NEO) Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA).

Current Programme

We are proud to announce that, registrations for All India Asteroid Search Campaign 2017 are open now. This opportunity will be provided to students in teams (2 participants/ team), selected on pan India level. The teams will have to register themselves in a pair of 2 individuals and then will be selected for Phase I – June 17-July 15, 2017 and Phase II – July 16-August 15, 2017 with 150 teams in total, 75 teams participating in each phase.

SPACE will be conducting workshops to start each phase and to guide the participants in downloading the data and using the specialized software and find asteroids successfully.



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Disclaimer: Register with a partner as team of 2 is required. Selection in AIASC 2017 is at the discretion of SPACE India, and on first come first served basis. New participants and registrations will be given preference.


Numbered Asteroid Discovery is the newly discovered asteroid given a provisional designation after confirming asteroid’s orbit over about 6 years and later may also be given a name (e.g. 433 Eros). In addition, names can be proposed by the asteroid’s discoverer, within guidelines established by the International Astronomical Union to the review committee at IAU, which further process it and if accepted the asteroid will be recognized as the name forever by all the astronomers worldwide.

Trojans are asteroids belonging to one of two groups that orbit the sun at the same distance as Jupiter, at the Lagrangian points roughly 60 degrees ahead of it and behind it. Trojans are harder to spot as they are further and fewer than Main Belt Asteroids.

Virtual Impactor Objects are asteroids whose paths are potentially deemed hazardous to Earth as they may impact it.

MBA are Main Belt Asteroids found in the Main Belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. These are the ones mostly discovered, as they are closer and there are many more of them.

Preliminary Discoveries are the first observations of asteroids found in the Main Belt located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter which need further confirmation to go to Provisional status.

Provisional Discoveries are discoveries of asteroids which have been confirmed by International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC). The students get the chance to name the asteroids after some years of observation.

NEO Confirmations is the second observation of Near-Earth Objects (NEO) confirming their existence and refining the calculations of their orbits.

NEO Observations is the third and fourth observations of known Near-Earth Objects (NEO) allowing in tracking asteroids and further refinements to their orbit calculations.

Selected Candidates

Selected Candidates of AIASC 2017
To be Announced…



NUMBERED ASTEROID DISCOVERY: The Provisional Asteroid Discovery of AIASC 2010, made by Amanjot Singh & Sahil Wadhwa of Ryan International School, Rohini, object designation 2010 PO24, is now officially numbered as 414774 (2010 PO24), eligible for naming and cataloged by International Astronomical Union (IAU).


1 Numbered Asteroid Discovery
49 Provisional Discoveries of Asteroids
2 Special Discoveries of 1 Trojan & 1 Virtual Impactor Object: A rare Trojan asteroid in the year 2011, which is hard to observe as they are further and sparser, lying not in the Main Asteroid Belt but in Jupiter’s orbit and 1 Virtual Impactor Object.
1458 Preliminary Discoveries of Asteroids
62 NEO Confirmations
1636 NEO Observations

33 Provisional Discoveries
1389 Preliminary Discoveries

2 Provisional Discoveries each to their credit

  • D. Agarwal & D. Tyagi of G.D. Goenka Public School-Sector 9 Rohini
  • D. Gupta & D. Jain of Salwan Public School-Sector 15, Gurgaon
  • A. Kumar & O. Pathak of Sri Venkateshwara International School-Sector 18 Dwarka
  • Rushil & G. Sandeep of Ryan International School-Greater Noida
  • P. Garella & K. Bhargava of Amity Institute of Applied Sciences, Amity University, Noida
  • R. Vishweshwar & R. Vishwath of Hiranandani Upscale School, Egattur Chennai
  • Y. Jakhmola & A. Pandita of Sapphire International School, Sector 70 Noida

1 Provisional Discovery to their credit

  • R. Tanwar & G. Joshi of Sachdeva Global School-Dwarka, New Delhi
  • L. Dudeja & A. Dhawan of Ryan International School-Sohna Road Gurgaon, Haryana
  • L. Jain & S. Vashist of Bal Bharati Public School-Gangaram Hospital Marg, New Delhi
  • K. Jain & I. Singh of Delhi Public School, Sector-81, Faridabad, Haryana
  • P. Iyer & S. Chopra of ASN Senior Secondary School-Mayur Vihar, Phase 1, New Delhi
  • S. Mohakud & R. Laxman of Bal Bharati Public School-Noida
  • A. Ranjan & Y. Jha of Delhi Public School-Sector 132 Noida
  • M. Manocha & D. Lakhanpal of G D Goenka Public School-Sector 48 Gurgaon
  • N. Jain & H. Singh of ITL Public School-Dwarka
  • A. S. Ramola & S. Singh of The Indian Heights School-Dwarka
  • M. Ibrahimi & P. Thareja of JBM Global School-Noida
  • U. Singh & M. Dudeja of KIIT World School-Pitampura
  • P. Narang & M. Agarwal of Manav Rachna International School-Sector 51, Gurgaon
  • M. Gupta & A. Verma of Presidium School-Indirapuram Ghaziabad
  • A. Agrawal & K. Arvind of The Khaitan School-Sector 40 Noida
  • A. B. Dixit & D. Deshpande of Lotus Valley School, Sector 126 Noida
  • M. Sivamagadev & T. Kishore Kumar of Shri Natesan Vidyasala Matric Hr. Sec. School, Chennai


  • Aakash H. Nair and Saumya Aggarwal, Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Rishabdev District, Udaipur has made Provisional Discovery of the object designation MAUR 870 on August 7, 2015.


  • Aryan Mishra & Keertivardhan Kukreti, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Vasant Vihar, asteroid designated 2014 OO372 on July 24, 2014
  • Akshat Sharma & Kshitij Jindal, Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura, asteroid designated 2014 OU6 on July 25, 2014


  • Gaurav Pati & Shourya Chambial, Amity International School, Pushp Vihar, New Delhi, asteroid designated 2013 LS28 on June 11, 2013
  • Balachandra Routhu & Ayush Gupta, Ryan International School, Sohna Road, Gurgaon, asteroid designated 2013 PR on July 8, 2013


  • Pratham Alag & Rishabh Jain, Delhi Public School, RK Puram, New Delhi, asteroid designated 2012 PC6 on August 11, 2012
  • Shubham Sharma & Mayank Sharma, DAV Centenary Public School, asteroid designated 2012 OH3 on July 17, 2012
  • Sahil Wadhwa & Akshay Gupta, Astronomican I Team, asteroid designated 2012 OA3 on July 20, 2012


  • Pragya Chawla & Aparajita Aggarwal, Bal Bharti Public School, Rajinder Nagar, asteroid designated 2011 MV9 on July 26, 2011
  • Chintan Betrabet & Umang Bhatia, Ryan International School, Sohna Rd, Gurgaon, asteroid designated 2011 MP4 on June 30, 2011
  • Trushit Makwana & Naval Koralkar, Coinstar – Inst. of Chemical Engineering, asteroid designated 2011 AP4 on August 8 2011
  • Prafull Sharma, Amol Garg & Sahil Wadhwa, Astronomicans Group, asteroid designated 2011 QH8 on August 8, 2011
  • Vaibhav Sapra & Sharanjeet Singh, Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura, asteroid designated 2011 QM14 on August 26, 2011
  • Akshit Mathur & Kartik Ranjan, Navy Children School, Chankayapuri, asteroid designated 2011 QT26 on August 30, 2011


  • Amanjot Singh & Sahil Wadhwa, Ryan International School, Rohini, 2 asteroids designated 2010 PO24 & 2010 PL26 on August 6, 2010
  • Tanmay Paranjape, Vikrant Narang & Priyanka Srivastava, SPACE 2, Delhi, 2 asteroids designated 2010 PU57 & 2010 PV57 on August 8, 2010



Data Set

Please note that this is Practice data only. Schools will be provided data only when the Phase starts

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School 2
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School 3
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School 5
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School 8
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