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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.

IASC participants around the world

IASC announcements

The All Bangladesh Asteroid Search Campaign, Canary Islands Asteroid Search Campaign, All Colombia Asteroid Search Campaign, All Israel Asteroid Search Campaign, All Nepal Asteroid Search Campaign, All Serbia Asteroid Search Campaign, Astrophile Asteroid Search Campaign, CB Devgun Memorial Asteroid Search Campaign, China Hands-On Universe Asteroid Search Campaign, Hands-On Universe India Asteroid Search Campaign, Haus der Astronomie Asteroid Search Campaign, MARSG India Asteroid Search Campaign, MCTI 2022 Asteroid Search Campaign, NUCLIO Asteroid Search Campaign, Ignited Minds-SA Citizens Saptarishi India Asteroid Search Campaign, SEDS Sri Lanka Asteroid Search Campaign, Spaceport India Asteroid Search Campaign, STEM & Space 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.

Original faint detections made by IASC citizen scientists

Preliminary

9120

Provisional

48

Upcoming IASC Campaigns

Start DateEnd DateCampaign Name
Friday, May 27, 2022 Monday, June 20, 2022 All India Asteroid Search Campaign FULL
Friday, May 27, 2022 Monday, June 20, 2022 All Uruguay Asteroid Search Campaign
Friday, May 27, 2022 Monday, June 20, 2022 International Asteroid Search Campaign FULL
Friday, May 27, 2022 Monday, June 20, 2022 MCTI 2022 Asteroid Search Campaign FULL
Friday, June 24, 2022 Monday, July 18, 2022 All India Asteroid Search Campaign
Friday, June 24, 2022 Monday, July 18, 2022 All Iran Asteroid Search Campaign
Friday, June 24, 2022 Monday, July 18, 2022 International Asteroid Search Campaign FULL
Friday, June 24, 2022 Monday, July 18, 2022 MCTI 2022 Asteroid Search Campaign FULL

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.