Pro-Am Collaboration

Research isn’t just for the professionals. Amateur astronomers do cutting-edge science, too, sometimes partnering with professional astronomers in pro-am collaborations. Thanks to their ability to move and observe when and where they choose, amateurs are also often better at tracking asteroids or hunting for new supernovae than many pros. Amateurs are also branching into spectroscopy, splitting starlight into its constituent wavelengths to study the composition of stars and other celestial objects.

Here you’ll find information on all these projects and more. We’re always interested in hearing about new ways that amateurs are doing hardcore science, so if there’s something you do that isn’t listed here, let us know how you’re contributing to astronomy.

Great World Wide Star Count

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 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.

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.