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.
Congratulations to the students of the National Dali Senior High School (Taiwan)! In 2014, these students discovered the trans-Neptunian object 2014 GE45. This is a large 200-km ball of ice and rock located at an average distance of 56 AU from the Sun, out past the orbit of Pluto. Through the International Astronomical Union, it has been officially named Zhulong by the students at the school.
Students from Escola Secundaria Sebastiao e Silva, Portugal, who participated in the January NUCLIO Asteroid Search Campaign
Team members who participated in the first All Bangladesh Asteroid Search Campaign
The Semião family who participated in the IASC asteroid search campaign sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Technology, & Innovations (Brasilia, DF)
The Afagh Rahbar Azarbaijan team from Iran, who participates in the International Asteroid Search Campaigns
Team members from Lankan Asteroid Gazers in Sri Lanka who participated in the October International Asteroid Search Campaign
Members of the Astronomy House in Iran who participated in the January International Asteroid Search Campaign
A member of the team Intrepid Cosmonauts from India who made a provisional discovery in the August 2020 International Asteroid Search Campaign
Mateus Oliveira, Crislaine Pinheiro, Juliana Graziela and Camila Barbosa from Cuiaba, Brazil who participated in the July Caça Asteroides Asteroid Search Campaign
The Allameh Tabatabai Asteroid Search Campaign, All Bangladesh Asteroid Search Campaign, Canary Islands Asteroid Search Campaign, All Nepal Asteroid Search Campaign, All Serbia Asteroid Search Campaign, All Turkey Asteroid Search Campaign, International Asteroid Search Campaign, Spaceport India Asteroid Search Campaign, NUCLIO Asteroid Search Campaign, MARSG India Asteroid Search Campaign, Kanoon Parvaresh Fekri Iran Asteroid Search Campaign, Hands-On Universe India Asteroid Search Campaign, Orbit '21 Asteroid Search Campaign, SEDS India Asteroid Search Campaign, SEDS Sri Lanka Asteroid Search Campaign, and UDistrital 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 discovering 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.