Help astronomers find new asteroids in the pictures of the telescope "Hubble"

On the eve of June 30, which is considered a global "Day of Asteroid", the Minor Planet Center and NASA space agency launched a project Hubble Asteroid Hunter, by which anyone can help astronomers find new tracks asteroids. Yes, even we do. According to research scientists want to calculate the orbits of asteroids, as well as to train the neural network to work effectively with the photos sent by the telescope "Hubble".

Help astronomers find new asteroids in the pictures of the telescope

Over 28 years of "Hubble" has sent to Earth thousands of photos that are stored in the archives of the European Space Agency. And in 2017 the telescope announced the discovery of a number of asteroids, the distance to which is hundreds of millions of kilometers from Earth. Telescope captures tracks asteroids and found that only one of their number of photos up to 20 pieces.

To handle this amount of data, it launched a new research project Hubble Asteroid Hunter on the basis of the world's largest portal Zooniverse civil science. Take part in the search for the tracks can each, enough to pass the registration on the website of the project and study search rules. You will be shown the photos that will be asked to note the asteroid tracks (if available). The images were selected in advance so as to match the terms of observation and calculated the asteroid's orbit - so that, with high probability we can find tracks previously unknown asteroids time.

Help astronomers find new asteroids in the pictures of the telescope

Be prepared that the images have a maximum zoom, and the vision should be very good. And without knowledge of English is indispensable.

Help astronomers find new asteroids in the pictures of the telescope

As soon as users will process a sufficient number of shots, the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union will be able to build a model to more accurately predict the movement of asteroids. In the future it is planned to train a neural network that is able to detect such objects in the pictures automatically. So far, the scientists can not do without human intervention.

Most asteroids in our solar system is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists know of more than 700 thousand objects.

Launched in 1990, the telescope's orbit was named after astronomer Edwin Hubble (1889-1953). The apparatus is equipped with 2, 4-meter mirror, and also various apparatus, which allows it to conduct surveillance Desirable objects in the visible, infrared and ultraviolet ranges of the spectrum.

Look like a telescope "Hubble" shows 265,000 galaxies in a single shot. Each one can consider in detail!

The telescope is working nearly 30 years, and during that time he repeatedly encountered problems. On the last failure became known January 10, 2019 - this time in the "Hubble" has broken wide-angle camera Wide Field Camera 3, installed on the machine in 2009.

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