Guwahati: A fourteen-member group of students and teachers of Assam have detected sixteen previously undiscovered asteroids as part of an International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) Citizen Science Programme that aims to provide advanced astronomical data to citizen scientists around the world. The Programme is a partner programme of the USA’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
According to reports, two teams of students and teachers have been able to detect twelve new asteroids in the previous schedule in October last year and four new asteroids in the current schedule.
These members are participants of an asteroid search campaign orgainsed by the IASC under the name Saptarishi VIPNET (India).
Rajib Ranjan Dhar, a teacher of the Rabindra Vidyapith ME School in Assam’s Kamrup district, who is also a member of the team, told ANI that two teams from Assam joined the programme last October and each team contains more than seven members.
“Five-six members are students, four members are TET-qualified teachers, and the others are government teachers. We have able to detect twelve asteroids in our last campaign. This time, too, two teams of fourteen members from Assam have joined this particular programme, which is still ongoing. As of yet, we have able to detect more than four asteroids in this campaign”, Dhar said.
“We hope that we will gradually be able to expand this programme to each and every district of Assam, so that students as well as teachers and other common people can take part in the asteroid search programme as citizen scientists”, he further noted.
Indiablooms News Service