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Astronomers Without Borders and the IASC are sponsoring a special asteroid search campaign as part of Global Astronomy Month (GAM2013) in April. Fifteen schools from around the world will be selected to participate in this campaign, which takes place from 24 March to 28 April, 2014.

The International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC=”Isaac”) is an online educational outreach program for high schools and colleges, in which students make original astronomical discoveries. Each day students receive telescopic images, only hours old and taken along the ecliptic. Using the software Astrometrica, they accurately measure the time and position of asteroids moving in the background. The measurements are recorded in a report sent to the Minor Planet Center (Harvard).

Schools are selected to participate based primarily on a one-paragraph description of the reasons the teacher and students would like to participate. To allow for geographic diversity in this special GAM2014 global project, no more than one school will be selected from any country. There is no cost to the students or schools. The application deadline has passed and is now closed. The deadline to apply was March 17, 2014.

Weather permitting, each school receives 3-5 unique sets of images each week of the campaign. Students download each image set and search them for asteroids just hours after they have been taken along the celestial ecliptic by the Astronomical Research Institute (ARI).  Students use Astrometrica software, with IASC teachers who have participated in asteroid search campaigns available through the web site to answer questions by email and help with learning the software.

Images are provided to IASC by the Astronomical Research Institute (Westfield, IL), Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii (Haleakala), and the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter at the University of Arizona. Follow-up support is provided by Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX), Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY), Sierra Stars Observatory Network (Markleeville, CA), Faulkes Telescope Project (Wales), and Shiaparelli Observatory (Italy).

Last year, 5000 students from 500 schools in more than 70 countries participated in IASC asteroid searches. Since starting in October 2006, 830 asteroids have been discovered, of which 30 have been numbered by the International Astronomical Union (Paris). Numbered asteroids are recorded in the world’s official minor planet catalog and can be named by their student discoverers.

Note: Even if your school is not selected to participate in this special GAM2014 project, it may still be able to participate in any of the 20 or more other asteroid search campaigns IASC organizes throughout the year.

 

Download asteroid orbital paths to swell print for the visually impaired from the SEE Project.

Share your experience with the world on Facebook or the Flickr group and Tweet using #GAM2014 hashtag (@gam_awb).

Date

Program

March 10 thru April 22  International Earth and Sky Photo Contest
March 24 thru April 28 IASC Asteroid Search Campaign
April 1 Online Messier Marathon (Online Observing Event)
April 4 thru May 31  GAM 2014 AstroPoetry Contest
April 5 Global Star Party
April 6 Near Earth Asteroid Observing
April 8 The Night of the Red Planet (Online Observing Event)
April 9 Google Hangout: Australian Aboriginal Astronomy, Art, and Music
April 10 Vesta Watch (Online Observing Event)
April 11 Mars Watch
April 12 Astro Concert 'Aurora Borealis'
April 13 OPTICKS
April 13 Vesta Watch
April 15 Total Lunar Eclipse
April 15 Total Lunar Eclipse (Online Observing Event)
April 20 thru April 25 Lyrid Watch
April 20 thru April 26 International Dark Skies Week
April 20 thru April 29 Globe at Night
April 21 Stars For All (Online Observing Event) RESCHEDULED
April 22 Google Hangout: CRaTER Live
April 26 Americas Regional Hangout
April 27 SunDay
April 28 Cosmic Concert
 April 29 Annular Solar Eclipse
April 29 Solar Eclipse (Online Observing Event)
May 1 GAM AstroArt: Touching the Moon with Art & Footsteps BONUS PROGRAM
TBD Google Hangout: Dark Skies and AstroArts POSTPONED


Astronomers Without Borders encourages you to engage more of your community. For information on how to include people with disabilities at your events check out our People With Disabilities Astronomy Resources.  

Date

Program

April 5 Global Star Party
April 11 Mars Watch
April 13 Vesta Watch
April 15 Total Lunar Eclipse
April 20 thru April 25 Lyrid Watch
April 20 thru April 29 Globe at Night
April 27 SunDay
April 29 Annular Solar Eclipse


Astronomers Without Borders encourages you to engage more of your community. For information on how to include people with disabilities at your events check out our People With Disabilities Astronomy Resources.

Date

Program

March 10 thru April 22 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest
April 20 thru April 26 International Dark Skies Week
April 20 thru April 29 Globe at Night
TBD Google Hangout: Dark Skies and AstroArts POSTPONED

Date

Program

April 1 thru May 31 GAM 2014 AstroPoetry Contest
April 9 Google Hangout: Australian Aboriginal Astronomy, Art, and Music 
April 12 Astro Concert 'Aurora Borealis'
April 13 OPTICKS
April 22 Google Hangout: CRaTER Live
April 28 Cosmic Concert
TBD Google Hangout: Dark Skies and AstroArts POSTPONED


Astronomers Without Borders encourages you to engage more of your community. For information on how to include people with disabilities at your events check out our People With Disabilities Astronomy Resources.