All India Asteroid Search Campaign – 2018


SPACE is delighted to invite the participation entries for All India Asteroid Search Campaign – 2018, for the ninth 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 200 teams in total, 100 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 – July 6 to August 3, 2018 and Phase II – August 4 to September 2, 2018.

In AIASC 2018, 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.

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, 52 Provisional Discoveries of Asteroids, 2 Special Discoveries, 1987 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

3 Provisional and 529 Preliminary discoveries in AIASC 2017. Participants from SPACE coordinated AIASC, have achieved an unprecedented 3 Provisional Discoveries in the 2017, Under IASC and AIASC.

The 3 Provisional discoveries are:

  • 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)

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