Bandar Seri Begawan – 13 Bruneian teams will join the global hunt for asteroids in a NASA affiliated citizen science project.

The first All Brunei Darussalam Asteroid Search Campaign will run from February 28 until March 24, 2022, offering opportunity for people in Brunei to discover new asteroids and participate in hands-on astronomy. The campaign is organized by the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) and managed by the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC).

A total of 46 participants from 6 groups of higher education institutions namely the Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB Galileo, UTB Ptolemy, UTB Kepler & UTB Brahe) and Kolej IGS (KIGS Astronomers 1 & KIGS Astronomers 2), together with 7 citizen science groups (Kaus, Semaun, Serbang, Gandi, Gagatar, Panding & PABD).

The one-month campaign enables participants to make astronomical observations for faint detections in the Main Belt Asteroid region based on real time images provided by the Pan Starrs telescope, located in Hawaii, USA.

A 2-day training โ€œHunting for Asteroidโ€ on February 25 and 26 was facilitated by trained PABD members to motivate and guide participants through the asteroid-hunting process.

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