Over the span of 6 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, they have achieved a remarkable number of 19 Provisional Discoveries of Asteroids, 2 Special Discoveries, 96 Preliminary Discoveries of Asteroids, 62 Near Earth Object Confirmations and 1636 Near Earth Object Observations, under AIASC 2016.
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 seventh consecutive year of providing this platform to enthusiasts in India, in AIASC 2016, SPACE has again brought this opportunity to live the lifetime experience of hunting asteroids in Main Belt Asteroids and claiming them as Provisional Discoveries of Asteroids.
SPACE conducts this campaign across India as the Coordinator, in association with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) conducted by Dr. Patrick Miller of Hardin Simmons University, USA as an educational outreach programme.
For 2016, the campaign is been divided into 2 phases each lasting a month. A total number of 45 teams, trained to search asteroids in the Main Belt Asteroid through advanced data analysis and specially designed software by SPACE, have achieved a remarkable number of 483 Preliminary Discoveries of Asteroids in Phase 1 and 289 in Phase II till August 12 of AIASC 2016 and hoping to have Provisional Discoveries of Asteroids to add more golden feathers in its cap.
Phase 2 will start on July 26, 2016 and SPACE has organized various training workshops in different locations across India, at Delhi-NCR, Gurgaon, Chennai, Ludhiana and Surat providing this opportunity to 45 teams, comprises of 90 participants, 2 participants in each team in the month of May and July 2016.
All India Asteroid Search Campaign (AIASC 2016)
2 specialized training workshops were organized at SPACE Corporate Office, Gurgaon on July 16 and 22 for students from Poornima University, Jaipur, Rajasthan; CL Gupta World School, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh; Amity Institute of Applied Sciences, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh; CRPF Public School, Rohini, Delhi. Online training sessions were also conducted for GG International School, Pune, Maharasthra and Ryan International School, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra on July 24 and 26, 2016.
AIASC 2016: For the very first time SPACE Surat has organized an exclusive training workshop for the participants Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat; Delhi Public School, Surat; and Delhi Public School, Surat.
Phase 2 has been started from July 26, 2016 and SPACE Delhi has organized a training workshop for 26 Teams, comprises of 52 participants, 2 participants in each team, at Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar on July 11, 2016.
Students and amateurs who aims for the Provisional Discoveries of Asteroids (confirmed) has participated in the workshop from 90 different educational institutions of Tamil Nadu, Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh has participated in the workshops for Phase 1 and 2, which includes,
|S.No.||PHASE I||PHASE II|
|1||Delhi Public School, R K Puram, New Delhi||G.D. Goenka Public School, Model Town, Delhi|
|2||Ryan International School, Sohna Road, Gurgaon, Haryana||Apeejay School, Sainik Vihar, Pitampura, Delhi|
|3||JBM Global School, Noida, Uttar Pradesh||Delhi Public School, Sector 19, Faridabad, Haryana|
|4||Bal Bharati Public School, Gangaram Hospital Marg, New Delhi||Ved Vyasa D.A.V. Public School, Vikas Puri, New Delhi|
|5||ITL Public School, Dwarka, New Delhi||Vikas Bharati Public School, Rohini, Delhi|
|6||KIIT World School, Pitampura, New Delhi||Ryan International School, Sector 40, Gurgaon, Haryana|
|7||Amity International School, Pushp Vihar||G.D. Goenka Public School, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi|
|8||Sachdeva Global School, Dwarka, New Delhi||Hillwoods Academy, Preet Vihar, Delhi|
|9||Sri Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka, New Delhi||Ryan International School, Sector-25, Rohini, Delhi|
|10||National Victor Public School, I P Extension, Delhi||Lotus Valley International School, Sector 126, Noida, Uttar Pradesh|
|11||The Indian Heights School, Dwarka, New Delhi||Sapphire International School, Sector-30, Noida, Uttar Pradesh|
|12||G.D. Goenka Public School, Sector 9, Rohini, Delhi||Delhi Public School International, Pushp Vihar, New Delhi|
|13||Delhi Public School, Sector 132, Noida, Uttar Pradesh||St. Thomas’ School, Dwarka, Delhi|
|14||Bal Bharati Public School, Noida, Uttar Pradesh||Ryan International School, Mayur Vihar-Phase III, New Delhi|
|15||Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura, New Delhi||Bal Bharati Public School, Sector 12, Dwarka, Delhi|
|16||Delhi Public School, Sector 81, Faridabad, Haryana||D.A.V. Public School, Sector-48-49, Gurgaon|
|17||The Khaitan School, Noida, Uttar Pradesh||Sachdeva Public School, Sector-13, Rohini, Delhi|
|18||Ryan International School, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh||Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan’s Mehta Vidyalaya, KG Marg, New Delhi|
|19||Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi||St. Mary’s School, Sector 19, Dwarka, Delhi|
|20||Manav Rachna International School, Charmwood Village, Faridabad, Haryana||Bal Bharati Public School, Sector 14, Rohini, Delhi|
|21||Presidium School, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh||D.A.V. Public School, Sector 14 Campus, Gurgaon, Haryana|
|22||Manav Rachna International School, Sector 51, Gurgaon, Haryana||G. D. Goenka Public School, Sector 22, Rohini, Delhi|
|23||Modern Delhi Public School, Greater Faridabad, Haryana||Ramjas School, Pusa Road, New Delhi|
|24||Delhi Public School, Sector 45, Gurgaon, Haryana||Delhi Public School, Sector Gamma II, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh|
|25||G D Goenka Public School, Sector 48, Gurgaon, Haryana||G.D. Goenka Public School, Sector-TAU, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh|
|26||Indraprastha International School, Dwarka, New Delhi||St. John’s Public School, Medavakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|27||Lotus Valley International School, Gurgaon, Haryana||Hiranandani Upscale School, Egattur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|28||Suncity School, Gurgaon, Haryana||Shri Natesan Vidyasala Matric. Hr. Sec. School, Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|29||ASN Sr. Sec. School, Mayur Vihar Phase-1, New Delhi||DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, Punjab|
|30||Salwan Public School, Gurgaon, Haryana||Bal Bharati Public School, Phase-3, Dugri, Ludhiana, Punjab|
|31||Amity International School, Sector 43, Gurgaon, Haryana||Spring Dales Sr. Sec. School, Sherpur Road, Ludhiana, Punjab|
|32||Amity International School, Noida, Uttar Pradesh||Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Road, Ludhiana, Punjab|
|33||Amity International School, Sector 46, Gurgaon, Haryana||USPC Jain Public School, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana, Punjab|
|34||Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi||SD Jain Modern School, Surat, Gujarat|
|35||Queen’s Valley School, Dwarka, New Delhi||GD Goenka International School, Surat, Gujarat|
|36||The Maurya School, Gurgaon, Haryana||Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, University of Delhi|
|37||Tagore International School, East of Kailash, New Delhi||Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi|
|38||Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi||Poornima University, Jaipur, Rajasthan|
|39||Manav Rachna International School, Sector 14, Faridabad, Haryana||CL Gupta World School, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh|
|40||Manav Rachna International School, Sector 21 C, Faridabad, Haryana||Amity Institute of Applied Sciences, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh|
|41||Apeejay School, Sector 15, Faridabad, Haryana||CRPF Public School, Rohini, Delhi|
|42||Apeejay School, Sheikh Sarai, New Delhi||GG International School, Pune, Maharasthra|
|43||Uttam School for Girls, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh||Ryan International School, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra|
|44||Presidium School, Sector 57, Gurgaon, Haryana||Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat|
|45||Amity International School, Saket, New Delhi||Delhi Public School, Surat, Gujarat|
Encouraging the students and SPACE for the exceptional opportunity provided to students, the school coordinators who attended the training workshop has said that the AIASC 2016 is an exciting project, hoping that the students will be able to follow the various steps involved and discovers asteroids.
SPACE Ludhiana has organized a training workshop for the students (2 participants each school) from Bal Bharati Public School, Phase-3, Dugri; Spring Dales Sr. Sec. School, Sherpur Road; Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Road; USPC Jain Public School, Chandigarh Road and DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road at DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana on July 21. A special workshop was also organized on July 25, 2016 at Bal Bharati Public School, Dugri Road, clearing all the doubts and make students practice on the software. The revision workshop was started with the welcome address by Ms Punam Dogra, Principal Bal Bharati Public School.
SPACE Chennai has also organized a training workshop for the students (2 participants each school) from St. John’s Public School, Medavakkam; Hiranandani Upscale School, Egattur; and Shri Natesan Vidyasala Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai. All India Asteroid Search Campaign 2016 Phase II, starting from July 26-August 23, 2016 providing this unique opportunity to preselected and enthusiastic teams, at Hiranandani Upscale School, OMR, Padur, Kelambakkam on July 16.
Students and amateurs from Tamil Nadu will be participating in this programme, make original discoveries of asteroids and other Near Earth Objects (NEO) by analysing this data with the help of software after the highly specialized and advanced training provided by SPACE.
In addition, Asteroid Grand Challenge Digital Badging is been introduced in All India Asteroid Search Campaign (AIASC 2016) in collaboration with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) and Asteroid Grand Challenge (AGC), as a pilot programme.
The AGC recognized Digital Badge will be provided to the participants under AIASC 2016, which will be a representation of their efforts as citizen scientists to help find all asteroid threats to the human population and know what to do about them.
The programme enables 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.