All India Asteroid Search Campaign ( AIASC )- 2013

All India Asteroid Search Campaign :

4 years, 260 teams across India, 1200 observations of celestial bodies and 21 discoveries of asteroids!

All India Asteroid Search Campaign ( AIASC) organised by SPACE in association with IASC ( International Astronomical Search Collaboration). SPACE is the nodal agency for organising asteroid search campaign in India and providing training to students and amateur astronomers for asteroid hunting. The program which was started by SPACE in India in 2010-2011 with an aim to increase the love for science,astronomy and scientific research in Indian students has been very successful in meeting its aim.

After the unprecedented success during the campaigns in 2010, 2011 and 2012, SPACE is now in its 4 year in 2013. The project has provided opportunities to more than 500 students and amateurs in India to discover asteroids and near earth objects. Under the project till now, 1200 observations (Near Earth Observations) and 21 new PROVISIONAL(confirmed) Asteroids discoveries have been done, amongst which one “TROJAN” an extremely rare asteroid was discovered in 2011.

Participating students are given exclusive access to images of the sky taken through 24 inch and 32 inch telescopes located at the ARI observatory in the U.S.A and use specialised software to look for asteroids in the data. SPACE gives the students specialised training in the software and Data analysis to make them equipped for the program. The students get the opportunity to interact with international scientists and work in an international environment of scientific cooperation impossible for the school students otherwise. The new discoveries of the objects and other observations or reconfirmation of the previously discovered objects contribute to the NASA Near-Earth Object (NEO) Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA). Near Earth Objects are comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth's neighborhood. It is important to keep a close watch on these objects for the safety of earth.

About IASC :

Asteroid Search Campaign is a program by International Astronomical Search Collaboration ( IASC) conducted by Dr. Patrick Miller of Hardin Simons University, USA. The International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC pronounced "Isaac") is an educational outreach program. In this Program images taken the night before with the 24" and 32" telescopes at the Astronomical Research Institute (ARI) Observatory, located at charleston, ILLinios - 61920 . Students make original 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).

List of students who have been selected for AIASC-2013, PHASE-III
Campaign Date: 9th July,2013 to 13th Aug,2013

S. No
Participant Name
Institution / Amateurs / Independent
Tushar Chand Kapoor & Prasoon Varshney
Galaxy TP, Delhi
Abhishek Bhansal & Gaurav Sharma
Ajanta Public School, Delhi
Siddhart Bhanushali & Khanak Bhargava
Astronomica Members
Shivam Pundhir & Sparsh Singh
Snoopy Searchers, Delhi
Pavan. U.A & Madhu M.B-Tumkur
Astronomical Society, Karnataka
Aditya Ravi & Sanath Kumar
The Cosmic eXplorer (TCX), Karnataka
Nikita Wadhwa & Urja Sehgal
Mira Model School, Janak Puri, Delhi
Janova Anbarasi, Esther K.Paul
Convent of Jesus and Mary, Delhi
Aayush Arora & Sarthak Khurana
Manav Rachna College of Engineering, Suraj Kund, Faridabad
Anirudh Rajiv Joshi & Srikar Varadaraj
AECS Mangnolia Maaruti Public School, Bangalore
Dibyajyoti Nanda & Suryajyoti Nanda
KPIT,CUMMINS(Noda, NSEZ) & Inst of Technology and Management, Bhubaneswar
Gurek Singh & Priyanka Uppal
The Airforce School Subroto Park, Delhi
Anitha. R & Kruthi.R
St. Joseph's College of Arts and Scinece, Bangalore, Karnataka
Jyanta Ghosh & Priyanka Ghosh
Amateur Astronomers MSW Kolkata, West Bengal

Subramanya C. Praveen, Subramanya S Joshi

Amateur Astronomers, Karnataka
Lalit Garg & Himanshu Rana
Babu Banarasi Das National Institue of Technology and Management - Lucknow, UP
Harini & Ponselvi
Shri Natesan Vidyasala Marticulation Higher Secondary School,Chennai
Manan Soni, Ashwin Srivastava
Nav Rachna School - Sama Vadodra, Gujarat
Shivam Gupta & Palash Agarwal
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sec-24, Noida, UP
Ajay Pathania & Isha Thakur
Ajay Model Senior Secondary School,Saroun, H.P
Shaurya Garg , Taritro Ghoshal
Indraprastha World School, Dwarka
Yuvraj bhardwaj , Yashraj bhardwaj
IndraPrastha International School, Paschim Vihar
Mayyan K. Baatish , Daksh Gaur
G.D. Goenka International School, Gurgaon
Anindya Rajan , Pradyumn Setya
Presidium School, Indirapuram
Pranav Bhasin , Anshuman Bhasin
Amity International School, Sector 43, Gurgaon
Bala Chandra , Ayush Gupta
Ryan International School, Sohna Road, Gurgaon
Ali Sadighi , Sajed Zarei
Urmia University of Technology
Arshiya Ojha , Puneet Sharma
Delhi Technological University, Delhi

Aahan Sawhney, Karan Sawhney

Astro Hunters, Delhi

H. Rana, H. Girhotra, S. Pundir, N. Ladia

SPACE Team, Delhi
AIASC- 2013 Achievements so far
Provisional Asteriod Discovery - 2, Preliminary Asteroid Discoveries - 13, NEO Observations - 273 

S. No
Participant Name
Institution/ Amateurs/Independent


S. Pundhir - Phase-III

Snoopy Searchers

1 Preliminary Discovery of Main Belt Asteroid  TOV8AC


B. Routhu & A. Gupta  - Phase-III

Ryan Int. School, Sohna Road, Gurgaon

1 Provisional Discovery of Main Belt Asteroid  2013 PR


S. Bhanushali & K. Bhargava - Phase-III

Astronomica, Delhi

1 Preliminary Discovery of Main Belt Asteroid  TOV8AB


A. Sadighi & S. Zarei - Phase-III

Urmia University of Technology India

1 Preliminary Discovery of Main Belt Asteroid  TOV89Y


K.Sanath, R.Aditya & V.Malavika - Phase-III

The Cosmic eXplorers (TCX), Bangalore, Karnataka, India

1 Preliminary Discovery of Main Belt Asteroid  TOV8AD


N.Dibyajyoti & N.Suvrajyoti - Phase-III

KPIT Cummins & Modern Inst. of Technology & Management, India  

1 Preliminary Discovery of Main Belt Asteroid  TOV8AE


Aahan Sawhney  - Phase-III

Astro Hunter

2 Preliminary Discovery of Main Belt Asteroids  TOV89K and TOV89I


S.Chambial & G.Pati - Phase-II

Amity International School,, Pushp vihar, New Delhi

1 Provisional Discovery of Main Belt Asteroid 2013 LS28


Madhulika Kundalia and Rddhi Srivastava

Hillwoods Academy, Preet Vihar

1 Preliminary Discovery of Main Belt Asteroids TOV887

Mihir Chawla and Nikhil Sharma - Phase-II

Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj,New Delhi
2 Preliminary Discoveries of Main Belt Asteroids 13LB66 and 13LB67

D.Singhal & A.Gupta - Phase-II

Bal Bharati Public School, Sector-14, Rohini, New Delhi
1 Preliminary Discovery of Main Belt Asteroid T0V87R

J.Sharma and C. Bisht- Phase-I

Delhi Public School, Gurgaon

1 Preliminary discovery of Main Belt Asteroid - 13LB41

S.Kalra and A.Monga- Phase-I

CSE - Bal Bharati School, Pitampura

1 Preliminary Discovery of Main Belt Asteroid 13LB61

Complete list of AIASC 2013 Discoveries, NEO Confirmations and Observations:
AIASC 2013 Discoveries and Observations


* Provisional Discoveries are Asteroid discoveries which get confirmed by International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC)
  within 7-15 Days of Preliminary Discovery of the Asteroid.