All India
Search Campaign

All India Asteroid Search Campaign is conducted in collaboration with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC, Hardin Simmons University, Texas, USA). SPACE is the national coordinator for this highly recognized program in India, where participants get exclusive access to the real-time data from the ‘Pan Starrs’ (The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) Telescope, located at Hawaii, US and uses a 1.8 m (60 inch) telescope to survey the sky to look for asteroids, comets and Near-Earth Objects (NEO). They download and analyze the data with specialized software to search for asteroids, which could be potential discoveries. All observations contribute to the Near-Earth Object (NEO) data compiled by NASA and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL).

SPACE is the exclusive partner for organizing the asteroid search campaigns in India and providing training to students and amateurs for asteroid hunting. The project has provided opportunities to more than 10000 students and amateurs in India to discover asteroids and near- earth objects.

Through the training provided by SPACE to Indian students, a remarkable number of 2 Numbered Asteroid Discovery, 69 Provisional Discoveries of Asteroids, 2 Special Discoveries, 7203 Preliminary Discoveries of Asteroids, 62 Near-Earth Object Confirmations and 1636 Near-Earth Object Observations.