All India Asteroid Search Campaign

aiasc

Overview

Over the span of 8 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, 52 Provisional Discoveries of Asteroids, 2 Special Discoveries, 1987 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.

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

3 Provisional Discoveries Announced

We are proud to announce that, All India Asteroid Search Campaign 2017 had successfully completed with 150 teams in total, 75 teams participating in two phases.

  • Phase I – June 17-July 15, 2017
  • Phase II – July 16-August 15, 2017

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

REGISTRATION CLOSED 2017

For more details about Campaign, mail us at outreach@space-india.com

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.

Selected Candidates


Selected Candidates of AIASC 2017

Achievements


ALL INDIA ASTEROID SEARCH CAMPAIGN PROVISIONAL DISCOVERY of 2010 on INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL SEARCH COLLABORATION HALL OF FAME

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).

2010-2017

1 Numbered Asteroid Discovery
52 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.
1987 Preliminary Discoveries of Asteroids
62 NEO Confirmations
1636 NEO Observations

2017
3 Provisional Discoveries

  • Yash Kumar & Khushi Rana, The Indian Heights School-Dwarka, New Delhi
  • 2017 MU is the provisional name of the asteroid, derived from object P10BDkd which was the preliminary name, by Y. Kumar & K. Rana ,The Indian Heights School-Dwarka New Delhi, India Provisional, 6/21/2017, original name as listed by students was TIH0002)

  • P.K. Sudharshan & S. Mahadevan, Srimad Andavan Arts and Science College-Trichy, Tamilnadu
  • (2017 NC6 is the provisional name, derived from P10BODB Preliminary name, by P.K. Sudharshan & S. Mahadevan, Srimad Andavan Arts and Science College-Trichy Tamilnadu, India, Provisional, 07/15/17, original name as listed by students was RSS3845)

  • Vardaan Chopra & Harsh Vashishtha, St. Thomas School-Sector 19 Dwarka, Delhi
  • (2017 OE3 is the provisional name, derived from P10BRd3 Preliminary Name, by V. Chopra & H. Vashishtha, St. Thomas School-Sector 19 Dwarka Delhi, India , Provisional, 07/22/17, original name by students was MSM0007)

Phase 1
288 Preliminary Discovery

Phase 2
241 Preliminary Discovery​

2016
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

2015

  • 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.

2014

  • 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

2013

  • 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

2012

  • 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

2011

  • 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

2010

  • 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

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Media

Data Set

AIASC 2017 Phase 2 Data Sets available here in your respective folders.

AIASC CD