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.