Kalam Centre Asteroid Search Campaign
(March 31 - April 22, 2022)

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Kalam Centre Asteroid Search Campaign is a unique educational outreach campaign organized by Kalam Centre and the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), conducted by Dr. Patrick Miller of Hardin Simmons University, USA. The students will be specially trained to search asteroids in the Main Belt Asteroid through advanced data analysis and specially designed software.

 

Students get access to real-time data from the ‘Pan Starrs’ (The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) Telescope, located in Hawaii, USA which uses a 1.8 m (60 inch) telescope to survey the sky to look for asteroids, comets and Near-Earth Objects (NEO).

The Campaign enables the students and amateurs to get exclusive access to astronomy images, which are otherwise not accessible till the postgraduate level, and they get training in advanced data analysis and software as well as interact with international scientists, all of which builds up to an invaluable real-time research experience. Through this campaign, students make confirmed discoveries of Main Belt Asteroids and important observations that contribute to the NASA Near-Earth Object (NEO) Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA).

The Process

  • Registration Begins - March 21, 2022
  • Participants can start registering for the campaign as per the given guidelines.
     

  • Registration Ends - March 30, 2022
  • The last date for registration is 30th March 2022, 6 PM IST
     

  • Selected Candidates - March 30, 2022
  • A list of selected participants based on their responses to the given form will be released.
     

  • Training Premieres - March 31, 2022
  • Shortlisted students shall be taken through a wonderful journey of asteroid hunting through our own online platform. 
     

  • Campaign Commences - March 31, 2022
  • The selected candidates will begin their journey as citizen scientists to analyze images from Pan-STARRS to make original observations of near-Earth objects and Main Belt asteroids which contributes to 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 up to one year, and for numbered discoveries, up to three or five years.

Guidelines

  • Participants should have access to a proper internet connection and must be operating a computer/laptop.

  • A total of 15 teams will be selected globally to participate in the Kalam Centre Asteroid Search Campaign.

  • Participants must be available throughout the campaign from March 31 to April 22, 2022.

  • Participants of any nationality can apply.