Welcome!!  International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC = “Isaac”)

The International Asteroid Search Campaign, SGAC  Campaign, Pan-STARRS Campaign, and NEO Search Campaign have all started.  There are 138 schools participating from 29 countries on 6 continents.


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.


The following are the forthcoming campaigns:



















If your school would like to participate in the IASC search campaigns, contact the IASC Director, Dr. J. Patrick Miller by email at iascsearch@hsutx.edu.  Campaigns usually fill up 180 days prior to their starting date.



32" Prime Focus Telescope
Astronomical Research Institute

The International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) is an educational outreach program

for high schools and colleges, provided at no cost to the participating schools.


IASC (pronounced “Isaac”) is a collaboration of:


·  Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX)

·  Lawrence Hall of Science (University of California, Berkeley)

·  Astronomical Research Institute (Westfield, IL)

·  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)



24" Nighthawk CC06 Telescope Sierra Stars Observatory




32" Ritchey–Chrétien Telescope  Tarleton State University




50" RCT Telescope
Western Kentucky University

32" Schulman Telescope          Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

Aug. 6

Sept. 10, 2014


International NEO Search Campaign

Aug. 14

Sept. 18, 2014


International Asteroid Search Campaign*

Aug. 14

Sept. 18, 2014


SGAC Asteroid Search Campaign*

Aug. 19

Sept. 23, 2014


Pan-STARRS Asteroid Search Campaign*

Sept. 20

Oct. 25, 2014


All-Uruguay Asteroid Search Campaign*

Sept. 20

Oct. 25, 2014


All-Venezuela Asteroid Search Campaign*

Oct. 18

Nov. 22, 2014


Pan-STARRS Asteroid Search Campaign*

Oct. 27

Dec. 1, 2014


Target Asteroids! Asteroid Search Campaign*

Oct. 27

Dec. 1, 2014


International Asteroid Search Campaign*

Dec. 3

Jan. 7, 2014


NUCLIO Asteroid Search Campaign

Dec. 3

Jan. 7, 2014


All-Venezuela Asteroid Search Campaign