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School Highlight

Young students from Poland who participated in one of last years campaigns.

School Highlight

Asteroid Hunters team from the Foreign Language School N.Y. Vaptsarov, Bulgaria

School Highlight

IASC observers voting on accepting images for their MPC report.

School Highlight

Asteroid hunters from Agrupamento de Escolas D. Lourenco Vicente, Lourinha, Portugal.


The International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) is an educational outreach program for high schools and colleges. It provides high quality astronomical data to students around the world. Students are able to make original astronomical discoveries and participate in hands-on astronomy. This service is provided at no cost to the participating schools!



Welcome! International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC = "Isaac")
The All-India Asteroid Search Campaign and the Federal University of Technology, Nigeria, Space Club Asteroid Search Campaign
are now underway. Happy Hunting!

It is important that you understand how to use Astrometrica, identify true and false signatures (i.e., not all moving things are asteroids), and prepare a clean and accurate MPC report. If you can do these things, your students will be successful in discovering new Main Belt asteroids and making important near-Earth object observations.

For 2016 the forthcoming IASC search campaign dates are the following:

•June 27-July 25, 2016:    All-India Asteroid Search Campaign 1
•July 4-July 8, 2016:    Federal University of Technology, Nigeria Asteroid Search Campaign
•July 26-August 23, 2016:    All-India Asteroid Search Campaign 2

* indicates a full campaign.

If your school would like to participate in an IASC search campaign contact the IASC Director, Dr. J. Patrick Miller by email at:

Campaigns usually fill up 180 days prior to their starting date.


IASC (pronounced "Isaac") is a collaboration of:

  • Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX)
  • Lawrence Hall of Science (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Global Hands-On Universe Association (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Sierra Stars Observatory Network (Markleeville, CA)
  • Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX)
  • Yerkes Observatory (University of Chicago)
  • National Astronomical Observatories of China (Beijing, China)
  • Pan-STARRS (Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii)
  • Faulkes Telescopes Project (Wales)
  • G.V. Schiaparelli Astronomical Observatory (Italy)
  • Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY)
  • Astronomers Without Borders (Calabasas, CA)
  • Space Generation Advisory Council (Vienna, Austria)
  • Target Asteroids! (University of Arizona)
  • Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter (University of Arizona)
  • Astrometrica (H. Raab, Austria)
  • Las Cumbres Observatory Telescope Network (Santa Babara, CA)
  • Catalina Sky Survey, University of Arizona
  • NOJUM Magazine, Iran
50in WKU

50" f/14 Cassegrain Telescope
Western Kentucky Observatory

24in SSO

24" Nighthawk CC06 Telescope
Sierra Stars Observatory

32in UoA

32" Schulman Telescope
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

32in TSU

32" Ritchey-Chrètien Telescope
Tarleton State University

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