Astronomers Without Borders and International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC=” Isaac”) sponsor a special Asteroid Search Campaign as part of Global Astronomy Month. IASC is an online citizen scientist program for teams of citizen scientists to make original astronomical discoveries. Learn more about asteroids on our Observing Resources page.
Many schools have been affected by closures at this time. If you are a teacher and would like to participate in your class, some participation methods are found below.
All IASC Asteroid Search Campaigns are completely compatible with remote access. Teams spread around the world regularly communicate through email and collaborate to analyze the image sets.
To participate in your class remotely, the students need to access a Windows computer at home with Astrometrica installed. Or, you as the teacher could run Astrometrica from your end and broadcast it over video chat (Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc.) so students can see the images and point out moving objects.
Image sets are accessible through the IASC website. Reports will be submitted through the IASC website. And, IASC offers campaign support through email. As long as you have Internet access, you can participate in an IASC search campaign! With a little online coordination, any teams or schools should be able to participate. As the team leader or teacher, you will need to communicate with your team or class and assign image sets to individuals so that image sets are not analyzed multiple times by different students.
We look forward to seeing your team or school participate in this campaign!
Citizen scientist teams from around the world will be selected to participate. The campaign will start on April 1, 2021, and end on April 30, 2021. There is no cost to the teams to submit an application or participate.
Find out more and apply on our project page