Of the numerous things humans would potentially like to achieve--a new Guinness world record, inventing the hoverboard and flightless travel--many would argue that at the top of the list would be the discovery of a new planet, UFO or extra-terrestial object. The All India Asteroid Search Campaign (AIASC), an educational outreach programme set up with the help of SPACE India, allows astronomy enthusiasts and school students this exciting opportunity, giving them the tools to hunt the galaxy for new asteroids. As reported by The Indian Express, this offer extends to Indian students, in collaboration with the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) and Patrick Miller from Hardin Simmons University, and the initiative also grants them access to NASA’s extensive database of asteroids.
According to India Today, 90 teams with 2 participants per team from around the country began the program on June 27, and the entire campaign will be conducted in two phases till August 23. The students will be given a chance to study astronomy with a hands-on approach, and the campaign will also allow participants to access astronomy images and interact with renowned international scientists. Recognition for their achievements will be given t them in the form of digital badges which they can showcase on social media.
Feature image courtesy of World Times 24
Words: Divija Mohan