Name:  Akanksha Tiwary
Affiliation:  RAD@Home
Title of Abstract:  Recent discoveries using GMRT & the growing community of #RADatHomeIndia e-astronomers leveraging Any BSc/BE Can Do research( #ABCDresearch ) approach
Abstract Category:  Extragalactic astronomy
Authors and Co-Authors:  Akanksha Manojkumar Tiwary(1), Megha Rajoria(1), Viswajith Govinda Rajan(1), Sumanta Kumar Sahoo(1), Lavanya Nemani(1), Sagar Sethi(1), Arpita Misra(1), Mitali Damle(1), Shilpa Dubal(1), Karuna Gamre(1), Pradeepta Mohanty(1), Anjali Amesh(1), Avinash Kumar(1), Gitika Mall(1), Alakananda Patra(1), Charitarth Vyas(1), Aikya Shah(1), Ankit Vaghasiya(1), Ankita Das(1), Ashutosh Sharma(1), Bhargav Reddy(1), Debaiudh Das(1), Devanshu Shrivastava(1), Dwiti Krushna Das(1), Joydeep Naskar(1), Kavil Mehta(1), Raveena Dandona(1), Rohith Sai Shashank(1), Ronaldo Laishram(1), Sushrut Mane(1), Sayali Kulkarni(1), Pratik Dabhade(1), Sravani Vaddi(1,2), Chiranjib Konar(1,3), Ananda Hota(1,4) 1. RAD@home Astronomy Collaboratory, India 2. National Centre for Radio Astrophysics - TIFR, Pune, India 3. Amity University, Noida, India 4. UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Scieces, Mumbai, India
Mode of Presentation:  Poster
Abstract:  Launched in the hyperconnected, big data era with the primary motive of tapping into India‚Äôs growing population of STEM undergraduates, graduates and the freely available GMRT online archive, RAD@home (#RADathomeIndia) has emerged as the nation's first successful citizen-science research platform. This zero-funded, zero-infrastructure collaboratory is leveraging various open access tools such as NASA Skyview, NASA NED, ds9, Hubble Archive, VLA Archive, Google and Facebook ( Any BSc/BE Can Do research (#ABCDresearch) using GMRT sitting at home anywhere in India approach, there are over 2400 Indian members in the group comprising of students,employed/unemployed individuals participating in astronomy education and research from home. Since its launching in April 2013, over 100 members have been trained by professionals during RAD@home Discovery Camps (RDC) held across India at various institutes namely Institute of Physics (IOP,Bhubaneshwar), Harishchandra Research Institute (HRI, Allahabad), UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CEBS, Mumbai), Nehru Planetarium-New Delhi, and Vigyan Prasar-DST. These RDC-trained citizen scientists or e-astronomers continue to participate in nation-wide, inter-university multi-wavelength extragalactic astronomy research through online e-class e-research sessions (3hrs/week). The TIFR GMRT Sky Survey (TGSS) is the primary data from which e-astronomers discover exotic black hole galaxy systems for GMRT to follow up. Under the GOOD-RAC (GMRT Observation of Objects Discovered by RAD@home Astronomy Collaboratory) project, the group was awarded observing time by the by GMRT Time Allocation Committee (GTAC), in four different cycles, after going through standard international competition/review process. In GOOD-RAC e-astronomers, as Co-Investigators, collaborate with national/international professional astronomers as a perfect Professional-Amateur (Pro-Am) collaboration. The newly discovered sources, that have been recently imaged by upgraded GMRT, include new Speca-like galaxies, episodic radio galaxies, relic-lobe radio galaxies, a few Z- and X-shaped radio galaxies, intriguing cases of jet-galaxy interaction (labouratory for AGN-feedback), diffuse radio relic/halo in clusters, a few diffuse or bent-lobe radio galaxies tracing cosmic accretion onto clusters through filaments etc. Unlike conventional education programs, those who get involved with RAD@home not only learn but also directly contribute to astronomy research from initial one-week of RDC interaction itself. Over the years, this association has proven to be a powerful catalyst due which over a dozen members of the group have been selected for higher studies in different parts of the world. The wide implications of this innovative citizen-science research collaboratory have been documented in two international publications (Hota et al. 2014, 2016)and multiple national/international conferences. Interested readers can join the Facebook group and participate in foundational e-learning sessions to get selected for the RDC and ODRAW being planned in ICTS-TIFR and IISc, respectively, in Bangalore.