Get Involved

Perhaps you’ve noticed your night skies are growing brighter every year. Maybe you’ve delved deep into observing variable stars and are ready to contribute your measurements to the pros. Or maybe you don’t even own a telescope but still want to take part in astronomy. There’s a place in the astronomy community for you, so jump in and get involved!

Here you’ll find the latest news and opportunities for professional-amateur collaboration (pro-am for short), where amateur astronomers contribute their extensive resources to professional researchers. You’ll also find ways to get involved sans equipment, by taking part in citizen science projects, all the while viewing beautiful pictures of lunar craters, stellar bubbles, or distant galaxies on your home computer. But don’t stop there — if you enjoy seeing the wonders of the universe from your backyard, help us take a stand against light pollution and save the dark skies in your neighborhood.

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A Worldwide Night of Moonwatching

International Observe the Moon Night is an event that encourages people to "look up" and enjoy our nearest neighbor. This year's InOMN is Saturday, September 6th. Here's a quiz: What astronomical object looks amazing no matter what the magnification, never looks exactly the same no matter how often you view it, and can be...

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It’s International Dark-Sky Week!

In 2002, high-school student Jennifer Barlow had a simple idea: let's take some time to appreciate the beauty of the cosmos and consider ways to reduce the spread of light pollution. Here's how you can join the celebration! Have you ever stepped outside to take in a view of the starry sky overhead —...

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A Star Count for Everyone

Take part in this year's Great World Wide Star Count, and you'll be joining thousands of other "citizen scientists" in raising dark-sky awareness around the globe.

List of Citizen-Science Projects

The internet has become a priceless tool for the citizen-science movement, in which private citizens all over the world can make meaningful contributions to science. With as little as a computer and some curiosity, you can help scientists determine targets for space telescopes, or look for signs of life on Kepler planets. Some projects,...

List of Amateur Research Projects

Modern technology allows amateurs around the globe to collaborate in ways never before possible. The following is a collection of some of the research projects we find most interesting, many of which involve collaboration with professional astronomers at universities and other research organizations. These projects generally require more sophisticated equipment or technical expertise than...

Great World Wide Star Count

How Dark Are Your Skies?

Take part in this year's Great World Wide Star Count, and you'll be joining thousands of other "citizen scientists" in raising dark-sky awareness around the globe.

New Comet Machholz

California's comet-hunting veteran Don Machholz bagged his 11th discovery on March 23 and 26, 2010. It's a faint diffuse comet, low in the morning sky.

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Citizen Sky Wants You!

Backyard astronomers of all types and experience levels can participate in a real-world science project — and help solve a mystery involving the star Epsilon Aurigae that's puzzled astronomers since 1821.