National Spaceonova Asteroid Search Campaign (NSASC) is brought to you by Spaceonova in collaboration with The International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), National Spaceonova Asteroid Search Campaign is a citizen science program that provides high-quality astronomical data to students and astronomers around the world. Participants of this asteroid search campaign (also referred as citizen scientists) are able to make original astronomical discoveries and participate in hands-on astronomy. This program comes in collaboration with NASA, Pan – STARRS Observatory and Catalina Sky Survey Observatory. This service is provided at no cost!

TheGuidelines

  • Every team would contain 4 members. All team members must register separately.
  • Participants should have access to proper internet connection and must be operating on Windows OS.
  • A total of 15 teams will be selected globally to participate in the National Spaceonova Asteroid Search Campaign September 2021.
  • Participants will be selected on the basis of the Selection Criteria:-
    -> Their response to Question 8 and 9 in the registration form.
    -> Submission of the task as mentioned in the email, which will be sent after the completion of the form.
  • Participants must be available throughout the campaign from September 1 - September 30, 2021.
  • Participants of any nationality can apply. 🚀

TheProcedure

Registration Begins - August 1, 2021

Participants can start registering for the campaign in team of four as per the given guidelines.

Registration Ends - August 21, 2021

The last date for registration is 21st August 2021, 6 PM IST

Selected Candidates - August 25, 2021

List of selected teams based on their response to the given form will be released.

Training Premieres - August 30, 2021

A training video on how to discover asteroids using Astrometrica under the guidance of Mr. Joshi Yogeshkumar Dileepkumar, Master Teacher at the IASC will be premiered on our YouTube channel.

Campaign Commences - September 1, 2021

The selected candidates will begin their journey as citizen scientists to analyse images from Pan-STARRS to make original observations of near-Earth objects and Main Belt asteroids which contributes to the NASA's Near-Earth Object (NEO) Observations Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena).

Announcement of Discoveries

Citizen Scientists will receive certificates from NASA for their preliminary discoveries of asteroids soon after the campaign. However, recognition for provisional discoveries can take upto one year and for numbered discovery, upto three or five years.

Frequentlyaskedquestions

Anyone with scientific temperament, proper internet connection and Windows operating system are eligible to participate.

A preliminary discovery is the first, original observation of new asteroid.⁣

The asteroid must be observed a second time within the next 7-10 days.⁣

If it is, then the discovery is changed to provisional status by the Minor Planet Center (MPC). Asteroid discoveries with provisional status are maintained in the MPC database for many years, until there have been a sufficient number of observations to fully determine the orbit. That process typically takes 3-10 years, at which point the asteroid is numbered and cataloged by the International Astronomical Union.⁣

Numbered asteroids can be named by their citizen scientist discoverers.⁣

Happy Hunting!!⁣

No, You will be provided with high-quality astronomical data to analyse through our campaign itself.

You can download Astrometrica from here.

No, Astrometrica works only on Windows or Linux systems.

Analyse and submit the report of your respective data set within 1 hour of receiving the same.

You can contact the Team Spaceonova for any specific details at coo@spaceonova.com or just visit the IASC's FAQ section here.

No, The National Spaceonova Asteroid Search Campaign is conducted in online mode itself.