Kalam Centre Asteroid Search Campaign is a unique educational outreach campaign organized by Kalam Centre and the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), conducted by Dr. Patrick Miller of Hardin Simmons University, USA. The students will be specially trained to search asteroids in the Main Belt Asteroid through advanced data analysis and specially designed software.
Students get access to real-time data from the ‘Pan Starrs’ (The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) Telescope, located in Hawaii, USA which uses a 1.8 m (60 inch) telescope to survey the sky to look for asteroids, comets and Near-Earth Objects (NEO).
The Campaign enables the students and amateurs to get exclusive access to astronomy images, which are otherwise not accessible till the postgraduate level, and they get training in advanced data analysis and software as well as interact with international scientists, all of which builds up to an invaluable real-time research experience. Through this campaign, students make confirmed discoveries of Main Belt Asteroids and important observations that contribute to the NASA Near-Earth Object (NEO) Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA).
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