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Target Asteroids!

Main Project Information
Presented By OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission/University of Arizona's Lunar & Planetary Laboratory
Goal Help NASA scientists, aid future mission designers.
Task Share your images of particular asteroids.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet Tucson, 85705 AZ 85705
Description

Target Asteroids! is a citizen science project which engages amateur astronomers in observations of potential asteroid spacecraft targets. The purpose is to collect data (e.g., astrometry and photometry) on asteroid targets to better characterize them as well as engage amateurs in the mission and encourage interest in STEM education and careers. OSIRIS-REx team members work with amateur astronomy groups to provide guidance, monitoring and collection of data.

How to Join

Start by heading to http://www.asteroidmission.org/get-involved/target-asteroids/ and learning about the project.

To register, fill out the Target Asteroids! Observer Registration form here: http://www.asteroidmission.org/get-involved/target-asteroids/register/

For a list of asteroids available for observation go to: http://www.asteroidmission.org/get-involved/target-asteroids/asteroid-list/

For even more information and details about required materials, check out some of the FAQs for the project here: http://www.asteroidmission.org/get-involved/target-asteroids/faqs/

Project Timing ongoing (night time)
Website http://www.asteroidmission.org/get-involved/target-asteroids/
Materials List 8 inch telescope or larger, CCD camera, computer with internet connection, astronomy software provided by Target Asteroids! (Herbert Raab), iTelescope.net
Required Gear

iTelescope.net

Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At night
Training Materials http://www.asteroidmission.org/get-involved/target-asteroids/instructions/
Tags amateur astronomy, asteroid, astrometry, astronomical imaging, ccd imaging, citizen science, nasa, near-earth asteroid, near-earth object, observatory, osiris-rex, photometry, pro-am collaboration, solar system, target asteroids, target neos, telescope
Project Updated 04/11/2017