Help astronomers find new asteroids in the pictures of telescope “Hubble”

In anticipation of 30 June, which is considered the world’s “Day of the asteroids”, the minor planet Center and space Agency NASA launched the Hubble Asteroid Hunter project, through which anyone can help astronomers to find new tracks of asteroids. Yes, even you and me. The results of the study, the researchers want to calculate the orbits of asteroids, and to train the neural network for effective work with pictures sent by the Hubble telescope.

In 28 years of operation, Hubble sent to Earth thousands of photos that are stored in the archive of the European space Agency. And in 2017, the telescope reported the discovery of several asteroids within the hundreds of millions of kilometers from Earth. The telescope captured tracks asteroids and found that only one photograph of their number comes to 20 pieces.

To handle this dataset, we have launched a new research project Hubble Asteroid Hunter on the basis of the world’s largest citizen science portal Zooniverse. To participate in the search for tracks, everyone can, just register on the project website and learn the rules of the search. You will be shown photos, which will be invited to note the tracks of asteroids (if any). Pictures were thus selected to match the timing of the observations and the computed orbit of the asteroid so with the big share of probability it is possible to find tracks unknown until that time, asteroids.

Be prepared that the images will have to bring, and the vision must be very good. And without knowledge of the English language is not enough.

Once the user has processed a sufficient number of shots, the minor planet Center of the International astronomical Union will be able to build a model in order to more accurately predict the motion of asteroids. In the future it is planned to train a neural network that can recognize similar objects in the images automatically. Yet without human intervention, scientists can not do.

Most asteroids in the Solar system located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists know about more than 700 million objects.

Launched in 1990 to orbit the telescope was named after astronomer Edwin Hubble (1889-1953). The device is equipped with a 2.4-meter mirror, and various equipment, which allows him to observe the interested objects in visible, infrared and ultraviolet ranges of the spectrum.

Let’s see how the telescope “Hubble” showed 265 000 galaxies in a single shot. Each can be viewed in detail!

The telescope works for almost 30 years, and during that time he repeatedly had the problem. About the last failure was made on 10 January 2019 — this time Hubble broke wide angle camera Wide Field Camera 3, installed on the apparatus in 2009.

Read on — Telescope “Hubble” has broken down again, and at the wrong time

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