Students to hunt asteroids from September 11

Astrophile – International Astronomical Search Collaboration (AIASC) Campaign starting from September 11 – October 6.

Astrophile is organising third edition of AIASC (Astrophile – International Search campaign) for the month of September – October. The campaign will start on September 11 and will go on for 4 weeks till October 06th. The schools are invited to participate in this campaign. The registration will be done on the first come first serve basis. The campaign initiated by international body “International Astronomical Search Collaboration” and extended the opportunity to us to bring forward the deserving and capable students to get inclined towards the scientific research.

The campaign will be conducted online through a tutorial video and live interactions for the students where they will learn about using the software and its importance. The students will also understand why the campaign is important and how astronomers discover and detect new objects in the universe on regular basis. The students will work on the real time data collected by astronomical observatories form around the world and will analyse for any new asteroids. The program also help astronomers refine the orbital properties of known asteroids as sometime they also pop up in the detection process.

Astrophile India is committed to bring in more and more research opportunities for the students of Indian school system to get involved, learn and create opportunities for research oriented career. The Astrophile – International Asteroid Search Campaign is a step in this direction. The students who participate in this program will be able to work with some of the most advanced telescopes in the world aiming at the stars with only one ideology – to discover the smallest possible rock in the solar system. With the abundance of data collected through wide network of telescopes around the world, the astronomers and their systems are over-burdened with the detection process. Hence the opportunity is passed on to the students to help and support them. The students in this process gain access to the latest data leading to the scientific discoveries, work with most sophisticated equipment in the world, works with most technical minds of this fields and also learn and understand the process and methodology of the research work to be carried out.
In this project, the participating students will learn about the importance of the research work, how the research work is carried out and how they can contribute in this task. They will also receive latest updated data to analyse. Once pointing a previously unknown object, the students will get the credit if the identified object is proved to be an asteroid.
An online video will be uploaded on our youtube channel for students to go through it and learn about how to work on it. Our team will be available for one on one session with the teams participating in this amazing opportunities.

The registration charges are Rs 1,500/- +18% GST ( Rs 1,770/-) per team. The amount is payable only in case students need training on the software. Payment shall me made in the accounts details below:
Bank Name: Indusind Bank,
Account Holder’s name: Arun And Sons Innovations (OPC) Pvt. Ltd
Account Number: 201002200256 
IFSC Code: INDB0000544

Pathways School, Noida, Cathedral School and Dean’s Academy, Bengaluru participated in the previous edition of this campaign. A total of 49 new asteroids were discovered and the students will get the credit for discovery along with certificate of discovery once confirmed. The certificates can help the students secure admissions in reputed universities in India and abroad and will help them shape a better future for them. A report on the workshop conducted can be read here.

To participate in this edition of the workshop, please register the teams on google forms. If the highlighted link do not work, kindly copy paste the link in the browser. The link is: https://forms.gle/SLHJacYGi1UkffFv5

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