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An International Asteroid Search Campaign
Internet-Based Hands-On Research Program for High Schools and Colleges, in Collaboration with the Hands-On Universe Project
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Folders are set up on HSU Blackboard for schools participating in a 30-day asteroid search campaign. (Click here for a larger image)

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Image sets are uploaded into each of the school folders ready to be downloaded and analyzed by students. Each school receives it own image sets. (Click here for a larger image)

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The 0.81-m (F∕4.60) prime focus telescope at ARI (Charleston, IL) used for the IASC search campaigns.

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A sample of three images, separated in time by , makes up one image set.

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Shown is a typical analysis screen using Astrometrica. The automated moving object utility searches the three images in one image set for asteroids and compares the detected asteroids with the orbital dataset from the Minor Planet Center. (Click here for a larger image)

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Discovery of SN 2006al using images from the Astronomical Research Institute and an optimal image subtraction by J. Patrick Miller. The discoverers are Robert E. Holmes, Jr., ARI, and Harlan Devore, Cape Fear High School (Fayetteville, NC).

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Barbara Dluzewska and her students at Czacki High School (Poland) point to an asteroid discovery they made during a 30-day asteroid search campaign (April 2007).

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An asteroid discovery by students at Meredith College (Raleigh, NC) in February 2007.

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A comet confirmation by students at Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, TX) in April 2007.

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A draft version of the presurvey and postsurvey to be used to assess the effectiveness of IASC in changing students’ attitudes toward science.

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Shown are students from Hardin-Simmons University and Jackson State University, who worked on the testing of IASC methodologies at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (University of California, Berkeley).

Tables

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Table 1.

Distribution of the Participating Schools (October 2006–May 2007)

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Table 2.

Locations of the Participating Schools (October 2006–May 2007)

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Distribution of the Participating Schools (October 2007)

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Locations of the Participating Schools (October 2007)

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Table 5.

Student Discoveries (October 2006–May 2007)

Abstract

The International Asteroid Search Campaign (IASC, fondly nicknamed “Isaac”) is an Internet-based program for high schools and colleges. Within hours of acquisition, astronomical CCD images are made available via the Internet to participating schools around the world. Under the guidance of their teachers, students analyze the images with free software tools, searching for new asteroids and confirmations of near—Earth objects (NEOs). These discoveries are reported to the Minor Planet Center (MPC; Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Harvard), which gives the students published recognition in its MPC circulars. To date, 36 new Main Belt asteroids have been found in one year, and 197 NEOs confirmed.

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