Thank you for your interest in IASC! We would love for you and your citizen science group to participate.
Getting involved is simple! Teams should consist of at least two team members. If you need assistance forming a group, we can connect you with other participants in your area. Your team should pick a campaign from our website that fits into your schedule. Please see below for all of the available search campaigns.
Some campaigns other than the International Asteroid Search Campaign are coordinated by our collaborators. If you want to register for one of these campaigns you may need to contact the organization specified in the campaign name.
To register, fill out the form provided in the link below.
Asteroid search campaigns are run and managed by the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC = “Isaac”). Each year around 2200 teams participate from more than 70 countries. Participants make important discoveries of Main Belt asteroids (MBAs) and occasionally of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs).
Since the first campaign in October 2006, IASC participants have made over 1,500 asteroid discoveries. To date 62 have been numbered and placed into the world’s official minor bodies catalog maintained by the International Astronomical Union (IAU, Paris). These discoveries can be found on the Hall of Fame page on the IASC website. Once an asteroid discovery has been numbered, it can be named by its discoverers.
Image sets for general asteroid search campaigns are provided by the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii. Given clear and dark skies, the IfA uses the 1.8-m Pan-STARRS telescope located on Haleakalā to take images along the ecliptic where most asteroids are found. For special campaigns with experienced teams, image sets may be provided by the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) at the University of Arizona.
Teams receive these image sets through the IASC website and use the program Astrometrica to search for and measure asteroids. A report is prepared in Astrometrica and submitted through the IASC website to be reviewed for possible discoveries. Reports must not be sent to any other location.
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