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asteroid search campaign

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!

asteroid search campaign

Guidelines

national spaceonova asteroid search campaign

Selected Teams for
National Spaceonova Asteroid Search Campaign

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The Process

Registration Begins - January 26, 2021

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

Registration Ends - February 25, 2021

The last date for registration is 25th Feb 2021

Selected Candidates - February 28, 2021

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

Training Premieres - March 20, 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 - April 5, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to participate?

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

What happens after a preliminary discovery?

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!!⁣

Do I need a telescope to participate in the NSASC?

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

From where to download the Astrometrica software?

You can download Astrometrica from here.

Does Astrometrica run on Mac OS?

No, Astrometrica works only on Windows or Linux systems.

How can I increase chances of getting a provisional discovery?

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

From where can we know more about the IASC and the Astrometrica?

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

Is this campaign conducted in offline mode?

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