Some academic and citizen-science groups came up with neat initiatives for eclipse day. Let’s find out how they did.
Join a citizen-science campaign on August 21st to record 90 minutes of the Sun's changing corona. You'll need your smartphone and the Megamovie Mobile app.
The possible discovery of a massive ringed planet in Orion needs confirmation — and amateur astronomers can help.
Hankering to discover new solar systems or understand our own? These citizen science projects and public data troves will help you fill your free time.
Stellar streams are the remains of dwarf galaxies that once orbited the Milky Way. We showcase here stunning images of these galactic ghosts.
Calling all imagers! Three comets will make close flybys of Earth over the next two years. Join a new pro-am effort to make the most of this rare triple play.
Planetary scientists are counting on amateur observations to enhance the results from NASA's forthcoming Juno mission.
The Kepler team unexpectedly found the planet-hunting spacecraft in emergency mode on April 7th, but with the spacecraft recovered, hopes are high that its newest search, this time for rogue planets, is still on. Read on to see how amateur observations can help!
Solar scientists hope an armada of amateur astrophotographers can record the inner corona’s evolution throughout the 2017 total solar eclipse.
Take part in a collaborative project that will unite amateur and Hubble Space Telescope observations to better characterize nearby exoplanets.
Participate in a world-wide campaign to observe and photograph Comet 67P/C-G as it approaches and recedes from the Sun with Rosetta in tow. Your observations matter.
Amateur astronomers have teamed up with the pros to produce four stunning multiwavelength images of galaxies M101, M81, M51, and Centaurus A.
"Globe at Night" is a fun, easy, and worthwhile activity for you and your family. Please join this worldwide campaign to measure the darkness of night skies everywhere from April 29th to May 8th.
Amateur astronomers perform a crucial role in detecting exoplanets by a technique called microlensing, including the most recent discovery of a multiple-planet system.
Backyard astronomers will continue to be essential to the research community — here are some ways you can participate.
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.
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 the…
If you're a serious stargazer with good gear, a passion for observing, and some free time, a team of astronomers at Lowell Observatory hope to hear from you.
A nova visible in good binoculars was spotted July 7, 2012, by observers in Japan.
Both Pluto and the star are 14th magnitude, but observers with big telescopes and sufficient video capability should try to record this important event.
If you're an amateur observer with decent equipment and an itch to do some serious observing, a team from the OSIRIS-REx mission wants to hear from you!
Join thousands of other "citizen scientists" in raising dark-sky awareness around the globe.
When observers fanned out last July 19th to record a binary asteroid's passage across a distant star, they hoped to gain scientifically important new findings. The results are in, and they've scored big-time!
Arizona amateur Bruce Gary is assembling a pro-am team to look for planets orbiting dead stars.
On November 3, 2010, two amateurs in Japan discovered an 8th-magnitude comet visually. It's visible in binoculars.