The International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) is a citizen science program that provides high-quality astronomical data to citizen scientists around the world. These citizen scientists are able to make original astronomical discoveries and participate in hands-on astronomy. This service is provided at no cost!
Asteroid Search Campaigns are the primary focus of IASC. A "campaign" is a month-long event in which teams search for asteroids. If you are new and would like more information on the asteroid search campaigns, please use the Register link.
Joice Souza Martins Santos and her Team 154 are from the Science & Astronomy Club at the Cremilda Azevedo School Center (Bahia, Brazil). They participated in the MCTI Asteroid Search Campaign, sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Technology, & Innovations (Brasilia DF). They detected a Hungaria asteroid. This type of asteroid is near Mars and is transitioning from a Main Belt asteroid into a near-Earth Object (NEO). In a few million years it is possible that it will become an NEO that crosses Earth's orbit, posing an impact risk with our planet. Congratulations for this important observation!!
Team members from the Afaghrahbar Azabaijan team in Iran who participated in the July/August 2022 International Asteroid Search Campaign
Team members from the Niger Space Surfers team who made a provisional discovery in the January/February 2022 Pan-Africa Asteroid Search Campaign.
Students from the Asteroides Lola González team in Colombia that participated in the August/September 2022 All Colombia Asteroid Search Campaign
Students from the Düzce Science & Art Center in Turkey who participated in the March 2021 International Asteroid Search Campaign
A member of Spaceonova Team 13 who participated in the September/October 2022 National Spaceonova Asteroid Search Campaign
Members of the IxChel team from Mexico who participated in the November/December 2022 International Asteroid Search Campaign
Students from Brazil who participated in the MCTI 2022 Asteroid Search Campaigns
The All Bangladesh Asteroid Search Campaign, Canary Islands Asteroid Search Campaign, All Nepal Asteroid Search Campaign, All Panama Asteroid Search Campaign, All Serbia Asteroid Search Campaign, All Turkey Asteroid Search Campaign, Astrophile Asteroid Search Campaign, CB Devgun Memorial Asteroid Search Campaign, GAOM Argentina Asteroid Search Campaign, Gurukool Academy Asteroid Search Campaign, MARSG Asteroid Search Campaign, MCTI 2023 Asteroid Search Campaign, SAA Asteroid Search Campaign, SSERD Asteroid Search Campaign, UDistrital Asteroid Search Campaign, and International Asteroid Search Campaign are now underway. Happy Hunting!
Current Teams: It is important that you understand how to use Astrometrica, identify true and false signatures (i.e., not all moving things are asteroids), and prepare a clean and accurate MPC report. Remember, the Quick Start Guide can help you with all of these goals. If you can do these things, your citizen science group will be successful in detecting new Main Belt asteroids and making important near-Earth object observations.
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If your citizen science group would like to participate in an IASC search campaign please visit the Registration page.
Campaigns usually fill up 30 days prior to their starting date.