ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Asteroid research is available through the
International Astronomical Search Collaboration
Planet Discovery Table
H. Chun, Cranston H.S. East, Cranston,
RI discovers Minor Planet K07T00W on 2007 10 04
Asteroid moving in a science image
Asteroid discovery made by J. Stockton
Dallas, TX at the IASC (International Asteroid Search
Campaign) region 14 workshop on January 28, 2007. The two elongated
objects to the left in the image above are also asteroids.
Asteroid discovery made by K. Glidewell,
Dallas, TX Ranger High School at the IASC (International Asteroid Search
Campaign) region 14 workshop.
The Astronomical Research
Institute has made 6 new asteroid discoveries during the 3rd week of August 2006
with one of the latest being an object discovered by Patrick Miller.
TNO 2005 RN43 Observations -
Discovered by Andy Puckett
using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
This is an asteroid
discovered by student L. Steffen of Fayetteville NC in December 2004
Asteroid Research Project allows student researchers the opportunity to make exciting discoveries in the
classroom. Students will learn how to visually identify asteroids by blinking star images
that are downloadable from
an Internet FTP site.
Stars and galaxies in our images
are so far away that they don't appear to move. Asteroids however are relatively close
to Earth in comparison to the stars so these asteroids appear to move quickly across the
image in a matter of minutes.
You will use this movement to visually observe asteroid movement in the science images we
will provide you. You will study and make real measurements of asteroids
using your computer.
Discovery - Astronomical Research Staff
Statistical Data for ARO Minor Planet Observations
Total number of
% High Quality Data
% Average Quality Data
% Poor Quality Data
school year marked the first year that the Astronomical Research Institute developed an
program in cooperation with Cape Fear High School astronomy teacher Harlan Devore. This program will allow teachers and students the opportunity to
conduct real science in their own classroom using extremely current data. With
this data students will be able to:
positions of asteroids to the MPC
Over the past year the Astronomical Research
Institute has imaged hundreds of asteroids. Most of our target fields contain at least one
asteroid, but we have seen as many as 7 asteroids in a single image
set! Most of the
asteroids are moderately bright and have already been discovered. These dim
asteroids are the targets of your potential discoveries, and it will take a
sharp eye to spot them. Everyone will find some asteroids in their images, but a skilled
and careful observer will be able to make a new discovery of an asteroid which
has never been measured before.
In the past few years the Astronomical
Research Institute has made over 160 asteroid discoveries. Today very few amateurs are involved in the discovery
of new asteroids and reporting their positions because the cost of equipment needed to
them is beyond the means of the average amateur astronomer.
discovered by an astronomy class
in Paducah, KY October
This project will allow your students
to understand that:
The motion of asteroids is the key to seeing
them relative to the more distant stars
The CCD camera of an
Telescope takes 3 separate images. When aligned and blinked, these images
will reveal the motion of asteroids in a straight line. The time
between images taken of the same field is typically 30 minutes. These
images contain information which will allow students to measure the
motion of these asteroids which will be used to make real contributions to
the field of astronomy.
Fast moving asteroids, or objects which
move a greater distance in an image set will be relativity close
or Near Earth Objects (NEO's.) Slower moving asteroids seen
in the image sets are
typically Main Belt Objects or MBO's. The slowest moving objects that
are extremely dim and takes hours to move only a few arc seconds are call Trans-Neptunian
objects or TNO's.
Minor Planet Center observatory code H55
How Do I Get Started?
Our archives contain images
that will teach you the basics of asteroid detection.
Your software will allow you to make
astrometric measurements of NEO's and asteroids in your images. These are precision
measurements of the stars and asteroids in your images. You can also
take brightness measurements using a technique called photometry. Both of these measurements are especially
important to the Minor Planet Center. You will also learn how to send astrometric
asteroids that have already been discovered to the Minor Planet Center. These reports are
extremely important to professional astronomers because it enhances orbital
elements of asteroids. By providing this data, you will be making important
contributions to science.