ALL-Sri Lanka Asteroid Search Campaign


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First All Sri Lankan Asteroid Searching Campaign (ASASC 2019)
• May 27- June 21, 2019

Join us for an unforgettable experience!

It's time to detect asteroids before they engulf you! Grab the chance of finding asteroids through real data analysis and of putting your preferite names on them! Discovering something in outer space is an amazing opportunity, but naming them is definitely unique! Astronomical Research Institute, Sri Lanka in collaboration with International Astronomical Search Collaboration presents the First ever All Sri Lankan Asteroids Searching Campaign.

25 Teams have been selected for the first All-Sri Lanka asteroid search campaign. If you are not selected this time, don't be discouraged. There will be another campaign in a few months, and you will be on top of the list. Click below to see the full list of selected teams.

SELECTED TEAMS

All Sri Lanka Asteroid Searching Campaign

All Sri Lanka Asteroid Searching Campaign (ASASC) is organized by Astronomical Research Institute, Sri Lanka (ARIS). Event will take place for a one month period, in between 27th of May to 27th of June 2019 with participation of 50 to 60 team members comprising School students, Undergraduates and Young Professionals.After the campaign, we will distribute the IASC validated certificate to all the participants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Anyone who is in a high school (class 10-13), Universities and Young Professionals who wants to have hands-on experience to make original discoveries searching asteroid from world-class telescopes can participate in the program.

How can I participate?

Interested students/school/ young professionals send the duly filled application form attached in here. After carefully evaluate the applications will select the teams for the campaign

Is there any limitation for the team registration?

Each team can have a maximum of five participants. As we are looking for enthusiasts/hardworking and passionate researchers/ hunters who are looking for an opportunity to get original astronomical discoveries during their life.

Can I participate without a team?

Yes, in case of free slots you will form a team with other team-less applicants.

How much time will I need to spend each week?

Your team will get 3-5 image sets per week. This is an average depending upon the Moon and weather. It takes about 20 minutes to analyse one set. Add some time to prepare the MPC report and we are talking about 1.5 to 2 hours per week.

Do I need to have any knowledge about asteroids or have experience in searching for them?

No, you can join the search even if you know nothing about asteroids. It will be a great way to learn about them.

Does my team have to be located in the same city?

No, you do not have to be located in the same city to work on the images. Although you can of course meet face-to-face to analyse the data, you can work via internet with other team members as well.

How will the teams be selected?

The teams will be selected on the one paragraph description of the team member’s individual motivations (80%) as well as their regional distribution (20%).

How can I prepare for the campaign?

Once selected, we will ask each team to do a tutorial of the Astrometrica software and practice by themselves. And also before the campaign commence, we will do training workshop of how to use Astrometrica and How to detect the true signatures.

What if I miss an image set due to exams or other reasons?

Missing an image set every once in a while can happen, so don’t worry too much about it, especially if you inform your team beforehand so they can adjust to the situation. Should it happen that an entire team misses image sets repeatedly, teams will not be sent any new images and the campaign is over for them. Therefore, try your best to analyse each image set – this also increases your chances of discovering an asteroid.

Where do the images come from?

IASC works with the Pan-STARRS (University of Hawaii) from which they receive and use their data exclusively all year-round. Images are usually taken the night before being sent to the participating teams.

What kind of asteroids can I find?

To date students participating in IASC have made 1500 preliminary MBA (Main Belt Asteroid) discoveries, of which two are NEOs (one is a PHA) and one is a Trojan. Currently, 52 have been catalogued and numbered with the student discoverers now proposing their own names to the IAU.

What happens when I discover an asteroid?

IASC will handle many of the follow-ups for the student discoveries. They use the Faulkes Telescope Program (2-m), the 1.3-m RCT at Kitt Peak maintained by Western Kentucky University, and 0.81-m RC at Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX). IASC also make use of the Sierra Stars Observatory Network (Markleeville, CA), which has a 0.61-m and 0.81-m. The 0.61-m at the Shiaparelli Observatory (Northern Italy), 2.5-m at Magdalena Ridge Observatory, and 0.81-m at the ARI are used upon special request for fast and slow movers (e.g., NEOs and Trojans). In case the follow-up confirms your discovery, it is given a provisional designation by the Minor Planet Center. In 3-6 years as additional observations are made and the orbit is fully determined, the asteroid is numbered and placed into the world’s official minor planets catalog by the International Astronomical Union. Numbered asteroids can be named by their discoverers.

What are the technical requirements?

The participating team must have access to computer/laptop (operating system: Windows 7 or 10 only) with good internet connection (at least 512kbps or preferably 1Mbps or above).

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