NASA: Asteroids

Hello (amateur) astronomers. This NASA asteroids hunt offer is going to blow your mind!

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration- NASA is offering USD 35,000 (over N5million) in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who can develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. 

The NASA ‘s Asteroid Data Hunter contest series challenges participants to develop significantly improved algorithms to identify asteroids in images captured by ground-based telescopes.

Identifying these asteroids will help point out potentially destructive asteroids zooming around the universe which could wipe out a city upon impact with Earth.

The winning solution must increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data, and run effectively on all computer systems.

The first contest in the series will kick off in about a week’s time, on March 17 and the entire series runs through August. Jenn Gustetic, Prizes and Challenges Programme Executive said:

“Protecting the planet from the threat of asteroid impact means first knowing where they are. By opening up the search for asteroids, we are harnessing the potential of innovators and makers and citizen scientists everywhere to help solve this global challenge,”

The contest series is being conducted in partnership with Planetary Resources Inc of Bellevue, Washington.

Just before you get carried away, remember that the contest is for the U.S Citizens only. However, you can still try just for the fun of it!