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 the citizen-science efforts you can find on our List of Citizen-Science Projects.
This list was last updated July 27, 2012.
Center for Backyard Astrophysics: Well-equipped amateurs gather observations of cataclysmic variable stars
Citizens In Space: Ever dream of being an astronaut? This could be your chance. Even if you don't get to space, you can still help design space-based experiments
Gamma-ray Coordinates Network: Help scientists try to discover the source of gamma-ray bursts by following up on professional observations
Global Telescope Network: Make ground-based observations in support of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, Swift, and XMM-Newton science missions
International Meteor Organization:Contribute observations of meteors to an international database
International Occultation and Timing Association: Observe and time asteroid and lunar occultations
Lunar Impact Monitoring: Help NASA determine the rates and sizes of large meteroids striking the surface of the Moon
Minor Planet Center: Report observations of minor planets and comets to the IAU
Society for Astronomical Sciences: Contribute to a pro-am research community working on asteroids, variable stars, and more
Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers: Participate in a variety of radio-astonomy projects, from assembling a DIY radio telescope to helping with professional research
SOHO Comet Hunting: Search for comets in imagery from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory
Target Asteroids!: Make observations of asteroids in support of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission