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
The Thaqib team from Iran who participated in the summer All Iran Asteroid Search Campaigns
Teams from the Spaceport India Asteroid Search Campaign, working from home in 2020
Team members of the MHUAL team from Turkey who participated in the spring International Asteroid Search Campaigns
Team members from the Night Sky Pioneers Institute in Iran who participate in the summer All Iran Asteroid Search Campaigns
Team members from Colegio Vicentino Sao Jose in Brazil who participated in the 2020 International Asteroid Search Campaigns
The 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, All Venezuela Asteroid Search Campaign, International Asteroid Search Campaign, Astrophile Asteroid Search Campaign, Kalam Centre Asteroid Search Campaign, Spaceport India Asteroid Search Campaign, CHOU Asteroid Search Campaign, NUCLIO Asteroid Search Campaign, SGAC Asteroid Search Campaign, and Target Asteroids! 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.
|Start Date||End Date||Campaign Name|
|Wednesday, January 6, 2021||Sunday, January 31, 2021||All Nepal Asteroid Search Campaign|
|Wednesday, January 6, 2021||Sunday, January 31, 2021||All Serbia Asteroid Search Campaign|
|Wednesday, January 6, 2021||Sunday, January 31, 2021||Canary Islands Asteroid Search Campaign|
|Wednesday, January 6, 2021||Sunday, January 31, 2021||International Asteroid Search Campaign||FULL|
|Wednesday, January 6, 2021||Sunday, January 31, 2021||China Hands-On Universe Asteroid Search Campaign|
|Wednesday, January 6, 2021||Sunday, January 31, 2021||NUCLIO Asteroid Search Campaign|
|Wednesday, January 6, 2021||Sunday, January 31, 2021||Spaceport India Asteroid Search Campaign|
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.