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 started!

Citizen Science Projects – Take part in astronomy, even if you don’t have a telescope!
Pro-Am Collaborations – Contribute your amateur observing resources to professional research
Save Dark Skies! – Find out how you can help take a stand against light pollution

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.

Possible Fireball Outburst Sept 9-10

An unexpected meteor burst was detected on the night of September 8-9. Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center is urging meteor watchers to see if the activity continues on the night of September 9-10.