As part of an international science program called the NASA Citizen Science Project, Indian students have recently discovered 18 asteroids in space. The news has been confirmed by the Indian Astronomical Union (IAU). Indian Astronomical Union is the organisation behind the naming of astronomical bodies along with giving them designations. In this project, extremely high-quality data was provided by IASC, an online scientific programme that was made to help kids discover Near Earth Objects and Asteroids. Students from all across the globe as well as from India analysed it.
The Process of Discovering Asteroids
During the course of the program, students were given access to the advanced software analysis and it took them a minimum of two to three hours in a day looking for asteroids and then noting down and reporting their findings of the day. A total of 372 preliminary asteroids were flagged by the students, out of these it was confirmed that 18 were confirmed to be called and designated as asteroids. The IAU has confirmed these findings.
The mentorship for this program in which our Indian students discovered 18 asteroids as part of NASA Citizen Science Project was provided by STEM & Space, a national organisation focused on STEM Learning of Astronomy and Space Science in the country. A total of 150 students took part in this 2-month long campaign in 2020 and their discoveries have been recently confirmed by IADP.
All the discoveries have received Provisional Discovery certificates from IASC as well as NASA for their scientific contribution in discovering asteroids.
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