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

The Pan-STARRS Asteroid Search Campaign, Global Astronomy Month Asteroid Search Campaign, and International Asteroid Search Campaign have started.  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 2014 the forthcoming IASC search campaign dates are the following:

















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

MPC Orbital Database
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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

















Mar. 24

Apr. 28, 2014


Global Astronomy Month Asteroid Search Campaign*

Mar. 24

Apr. 28, 2014


International Asteroid Search Campaign*

Mar. 24

Apr. 28, 2014


Pan-STARRS Asteroid Search Campaign*

Apr. 25

May 23, 2014


Mt. Lemmon Sky Center Asteroid Search Campaign*

Apr. 29

Jun. 3, 2014


All-Iran Asteroid Search Campaign

Apr. 29

Jun. 3, 2014


All-India Asteroid Search Campaign - 1

Jun. 4

Jul. 9, 2014


All-India Asteroid Search Campaign - 2

Jul. 9

Aug. 13, 2014


All-India Asteroid Search Campaign - 3