You can apply by invitation from Northern Arizona University without astronomical background.
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Amateur astronomers can participate in the discovery of asteroids in the solar system at the invitation of Northern Arizona University.
As part of a project called Active Asteroids, they must explore active asteroids in the solar system. These celestial bodies are recognizable by their comet-like plume.
Previous astronomical knowledge is not required to join, amateur astronomers will be provided with the knowledge required for the job on the online platform.
Only 30 active asteroids have been discovered since 1949. The project, developed by researcher Colin Orion Chandler, primarily aims to double this number. More than ten million asteroid images must be scanned, while one in ten thousand asteroids can be classified as active asteroids.
These bodies, also called asteroid comets, are small celestial bodies in the solar system that, like asteroids, move in an orbit similar to Earth, but sometimes emit dust and form a plume like comets. Science has little knowledge of their origin yet.
As the number of known organisms increases, scientists can gain new information that can help them understand, among other things, the origin of water on Earth and help explore places where conditions for life in the solar system might be available.
Asteroids are located mainly in the asteroid belt, in the region between the orbit of Mars and Jupiter. However, some of them cross the Earth’s orbit due to collisions and interactions with planets.
Asteroids are made up largely of metal and rock, while comets are made up of dust and ice. Due to the high proportion of volatiles that evaporate upon heating, comets typically form long plumes.
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