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.
A member of the team Intrepid Cosmonauts from India who made a provisional discovery in the August 2020 International Asteroid Search Campaign
Team members from the Astronomical Observatory of Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in Argentina who made a provisional discovery in 2020.
Team members from the Astronomers Without Borders Nigeria team who participated in the May 2021 International Asteroid Search Campaign
Participants from the Laguna College + Seven Lakes Citizen Scientists Team who participated in the May 2021 International Asteroid Search Campaign
Congratulations to José Angel Mora Robles, Antares José Mora Sánchez, and Isaac Buitrago from the team Centro Astronómico Caronte in Venezuela! During the most recent All Venezuela Asteroid Search Campaign they found this distant star in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is thought to be an M dwarf star undergoing a massive flare.
Team members from Agrupamento de Escolas Dra Laura Ayres, Portugal, who participated in the May 2021 NUCLIO Asteroid Search Campaign
Members of the Ghana Planetarium Science Center team who participated in the August 2021 International Asteroid Search Campaign
Members of the Nanguo Elementary School who participated in the April 2021 All Taiwan Asteroid Search Campaign
Members of the Star Worriors team from Sri Lanka who participated in the March 2021 SEDS Sri Lanka Asteroid Search Campaign
The All Bangladesh Asteroid Search Campaign, All Bulgaria Asteroid Search Campaign, All Colombia Asteroid Search Campaign, All Nepal Asteroid Search Campaign, All Venezuela Asteroid Search Campaign, Bosnia and Herzegovina Asteroid Search Campaign, China Hands-On Universe Asteroid Search Campaign, Canary Islands Asteroid Search Campaign, Astrophile Asteroid Search Campaign, CB Devgun Memorial Asteroid Search Campaign, DST - Rajasthan Asteroid Search Campaign, Hands-On Universe India Asteroid Search Campaign, Haus der Astronomie Asteroid Search Campaign, MARSG India Asteroid Search Campaign, NUCLIO Asteroid Search Campaign, SEDS Sri Lanka Asteroid Search Campaign, Space Generation Advisory Council Asteroid Search Campaign, Spaceport India Asteroid Search Campaign, Target NEOs! Asteroid Search Campaign, Taubate Asteroid Search Campaign, UDistrital Asteroid Search Campaign, and International 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 detecting new Main Belt asteroids and making important near-Earth object observations.
|Start Date||End Date||Campaign Name|
|Thursday, December 30, 2021||Monday, January 24, 2022||All Bangladesh Asteroid Search Campaign|
|Thursday, December 30, 2021||Monday, January 24, 2022||All Nepal Asteroid Search Campaign|
|Thursday, December 30, 2021||Monday, January 24, 2022||International Asteroid Search Campaign||FULL|
|Thursday, December 30, 2021||Monday, January 24, 2022||CB Devgun Memorial Asteroid Search Campaign||FULL|
|Thursday, December 30, 2021||Monday, January 24, 2022||Gurukool Academy Asteroid Search Campaign|
|Thursday, December 30, 2021||Monday, January 24, 2022||NUCLIO Asteroid Search Campaign|
|Thursday, December 30, 2021||Monday, January 24, 2022||Spaceport India Asteroid Search Campaign||FULL|
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.