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 Astronomers Without Borders Nigeria team who made a provisional discovery in the August 2021 International Asteroid Search Campaign
Students from the IES Vega de San Mateo school in the Canary Islands that participated in the May 2021 Canary Islands Asteroid Search Campaign
Team members from the Iran Inquisitive Astronomers team who made a provisional discovery in the August 2021 All Iran Asteroid Search Campaign.
Students from India who participated in the 2021 Khagolshala Asteroid Search Campaign
Members of the Ort Afridar Asteroid team who participated in the February/March 2022 All Israel Asteroid Search Campaign
Members of the Vereinigung der Sternfreunde team from Germany who participated in the 2021 Haus der Astronomie Asteroid Search Campaigns
The All India Asteroid Search Campaign, All Iran Asteroid Search Campaign, CB Devgun Memorial Asteroid Search Campaign, MCTI 2022 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.