Indian school students can now carve themselves a little space in history, by being the first to spot a new planet or an extra-terrestrial object like an asteroid and getting it named after them.
SPACE, a city-based organisation, under its All India Asteroid Search Campaign (AIASC) for 2016, have collaborated with the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) to offer students an opportunity to explore and study astronomy in detail. There will be 90 teams of 2 participants each per team, from across the country. This programme will pass two phases beginning on June 27 and extending till August 23, this year.
“This is a huge opportunity and I’m excited to be a part of it. In a workshop we were taught all about software Astrometrica. It was a very interactive workshop and I didn’t even have to revise when I got home. We were told that we would get the opportunity to track a lot of objects this time, it sounds very exciting” Sathya Hari, a student from DPS Gurgaon said.
The participants of the programme will also be recognised with ‘digital badges’ for their contributions, which can be showcased on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
“A concept borrowed from gaming, a digital badge is a validated display of achievement, skill, quality or interest and the completion of specific tasks will allow the participants to apply for the AGC recognised badge related to the specified criteria,” says Mila Mitra, Scientific Officer, SPACE.