Asteroid Hunting

There are countless asteroids in orbit around the Sun.

Many  have been detected and their precise orbits have been calculated. You can observe these by ‘simply’ pointing your telescope to its calculated position.

In this project we use your camera and telescope to attempt to detect an asteroid  without knowing its position by taking systematic images of likely portions of the night sky and analysing the images to detect moving objects. Once we have detected something we will compare its position with known objects to see what we have found. If its position does not correspond to a known object, we might just have spotted a new asteroid.

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