Citizen Science: Projects & Collaboration

You don’t need a degree in astronomy or even a telescope to contribute to scientific research. Often all you need is a computer! From searching for alien signals to mapping galaxies’ shapes, anyone and everyone can collaborate on these experiments. Some, like SETI@home, use your computer’s downtime; others use your downtime and your ability to see patterns that a computer program can’t.

Here you’ll find information on some of the citizen science and crowdsourcing projects out there. Pitching in with these endeavors can help astronomers make discoveries, and maybe even lead to published research.

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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 observed…

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Become a Citizen Scientist

Join astronomers in two new citizen science projects, Space Warps and Planet Four, that will have you investigating the warped light from faraway galaxies and the ever-changing Martian landscape.

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, like…

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.