SPACE is delighted to invite the participation entries for All India Asteroid Search Campaign – 2019, for the tenth consecutive year.
All India Asteroid Search Campaign, is 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.
SPACE will be offering this opportunity in 2 phases to 500 teams in total, 250 teams participating in each phase across PAN India. The registration will be accepted in teams of 2 members each and then will be selected for Phase I – June 25 to July 23, 2019 and Phase II – July 25 to August 21, 2019.
In AIASC 2019, students will access the real time data from the ‘Pan Starrs’ (The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) Telescope, located at Hawaii, US and uses a 1.8 m (60 inch) telescope to survey the sky and look for asteroids, comets and Near Earth Objects (NEO).
Selected students will be specially trained to search asteroids in the Main Belt Asteroid (MBA) through advanced data analysis and especially designed software. For current year, one phase of training for Phase 1 of AIASC was conducted at Bal Bharti Public School, Gangaram Hospital Marg on 16th May, 2019.
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).
Over the span of 9 successful years, SPACE has provided this opportunity to more than 1000 participants across India, which has resulted in several achievements and discoveries, and many for the first time in India by school students. Through the training provided by SPACE to Indian students, have achieved a remarkable number of 1 Numbered Asteroid Discovery, 56 Provisional Discoveries of Asteroids, 2 Special Discoveries, 4388 Preliminary Discoveries of Asteroids, 62 Near Earth Object Confirmations and 1636 Near Earth Object Observations.
SPACE India and International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) are proud to declare
4 Provisional in AIASC 2018. Participants from SPACE coordinated AIASC, have achieved an unprecedented 4 Provisional Discoveries in the 2018, Under IASC and AIASC.
The 4 Provisional discoveries are:
- Kashish Sharma & Ujjwal Singla, Ryan International School, Sector- 31, Gurugram
(2018 NU10 is the provisional name of the asteroid, derived from object P10Ik6o which was the preliminary name, by U. Singla & K. Sharma, Ryan International School Sector 31 – Gurgaon, India Provisional, 07/10/18, original name as listed by students was RIS0034)
- Ranveer Singh & Saransh Bansal, DAV Public School, Sarabha Nagar Extension, Ludhiana
(2018 NY10 is the provisional name of the asteroid, derived from object P10Ik85 which was the preliminary name, by R. Singh & S. Bansal, DAV Public School- Sarabha NGR Extension, Ludhiana, India Provisional, 07/10/18, original name as listed by students was DAV0004)
- Pratham Gupta & Jagriti Goel, O P Jindal Modern School, Hisar, O P Jindal Marg, Hisar
(2018 NS10 is the provisional name of the asteroid, derived from object P10IjZx which was the preliminary name, by P. Gupta & J. Goel, O P Jindal Modern School-Hisar, India Provisional 07/10/18, original name as listed by students was OPJ0013)
- Sachin Bahmba & Shalini Bahmba, SPACE India – Group 9, Delhi
(2018 NA9 is the provisional name of the asteroid, derived from object P10Ik9F which was the preliminary name, by S. Bahmba & S. Bahmba, SPACE India – Group 9, India Provisional 7/10/18, original name as listed by students was SSB3443)
You can also be the part of campaign. What you have to do is, click on the link and register yourself.