Asteroid Search Campaign (May 17/June 30)
The campaign is run via
so your schools will need to have
high speed Internet connections. They also need PC-based
and not MAC. Four slots for your Ethiopian schools in the May 17
- June 30, 2009 campaign.
The first step is
software Astrometrica, get it up and
running on the schools' computers, and then train the teachers.
order for the students to be successful, their teachers need to be good
at using Astrometrica, distinguishing between a true and false
signature of a moving asteroid, and be able to produce a clean and
accurate MPC report.
During a 45-day
has its own folder that they
access off the IASC web site located at iasc.hsutx.edu.
In that folder will be a zipped set of three images take of the
field of view and same object over a period of an hour or less.
students unzip the images then use Astrometrica in an automated and
manual mode to search for moving objects. They have 48 hours to
complete the analysis.
report that the teacher sends
directly via email to me here at Hardin-Simmons University. We
some QC checks on the data and then forward them to the ARI Observatory
for final processing to then be presented to the Minor Planet Center
We are currently
All-China Asteroid Search Campaign in
coordination with the National Astronomical Observatory of China
(Beijing). You might go to the IASC site and see how this is
structured. It's very simple, actually. The only thing that
different is that image sets are prepared in a single folder, and the
contacts in Beijing make the individual assignments with the 14
participating schools...this really works the best given that most of
the teachers from the participating schools are not conversant in
English nor are my staff and I in Chinese.
The key to the
students in making original asteroid
discoveries and important NEO observational measurements is a teacher
well-verse in the use of Astrometrica. The software, installation
instructions, instructions on how to identify asteroids, and practice
image sets are all available for download at iasc.hsutx.edu.
Schools (Bahir Dar)
African Scientific Network