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NASA needs your help! You can collaborate with professional scientists, conduct cutting-edge science, and make real discoveries.  A science degree is not required, just a passion for understanding the natural world. Here, you can read news about NASA-funded citizen science projects, new discoveries, and opportunities to get involved. For more information on current citizen science projects.

 

Earth
Oct 26, 2020
Snapshot Wisconsin is a partnership to monitor wildlife year-round, using a statewide network of trail cameras. Citizen scientists help discover wildlife by classifying images captured on trail cameras. The project provides data needed for wildlife management decision support at the Wisconsin... Read More
Three deer standing a lightly snowy field.
Oct 21, 2020
NASA citizen science can be a great teaching tool, especially during times like these when it’s difficult to run in-person experiments. Dr. Stephany Taylor, Assistant Professor of Physics at Shaw University uses NASA’s Floating Forests citizen science project in her introductory science classes to... Read More
Collage of faces using an online meeting tool
Oct 8, 2020
NASA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and Citizen Science received a shout out from Chief Scientist, Dr. Jim Green. 
Hispanic Heritage Month collage
Universe
Sep 30, 2020
Help NASA find exoplanets, worlds beyond our solar system, through a newly launched website called Planet Patrol. This citizen science platform allows members of the public to collaborate with professional astronomers as they sort through a stockpile of star-studded images collected by NASA’s... Read More
Planet Patrol Logo
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Sep 24, 2020
Citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt made this composite image using data obtained by the JunoCam instrument during four of the Juno spacecraft’s close passes by Jupiter. The greatly exaggerated color is partially a result of combining many individual images to create this view.
Colorful composite image of Jupiter
Universe
Aug 18, 2020
We’ve never met some of the Sun’s closest neighbors until now. In a new study, astronomers report the discovery of 95 objects known as brown dwarfs, many within a few dozen light-years of the Sun. They’re well outside the solar system, so don’t experience heat from the Sun, but still inhabit a... Read More
the white dwarf and a brown dwarf companion
Solar System
Aug 11, 2020
The Catalina Sky Survey has been collecting images of the night sky for over twenty years. Today you’ll have the chance of a lifetime---the chance to find a new TNO.
Catalina Outer Solar System Survey logo with asteroid
Earth, Ice
Aug 17, 2020
Researchers on the NASA-funded Community Snow Observations (CSO) project recently found a new way to use data from citizen scientists. This project asks volunteer to measure the depth of the snow in mountain environments and uses those data to improve snowpack models.
Ryan Crumley measures snow depth in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Jul 24, 2020
Comments on the draft text for ROSES-2020 Amendment 39 releases for community comment draft text for E.9 Citizen Science Seed Funding Program are due July 30, 2020.
citizen science
Jul 23, 2020
NASA and Zooniverse will work together to engage participants in projects that span the wide range of NASA’s science divisions: astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary science, and earth science.
Zooniverse and NASA partnership
Jul 21, 2020
Citizen science efforts are frequently used to groundtruth or analyze remotely collected data, with impressive results in fields as diverse as archeology to climatology. On the flip side, citizen scientists have amassed impressive data sets of observations. These data sets may hold heretofore... Read More
Summer of Citizen Science video still
Solar System
Jul 16, 2020
Comet NEOWISE is visible in an aurora-filled sky in this photo by Aurorasaurus Ambassador Donna Lach. The photo was taken early on July 14, 2020, in western Manitoba, Canada. The purple ribbon-like structure to the left is STEVE, an aurora-related phenomenon discovered with the help of citizen... Read More
Comet NEOWISE appears in a sky streaked with purple and green aurora
Universe
Jul 14, 2020
You can assist scientists in figuring out the mysteries of planet formation. Disk Detective is a collaboration between professional scientists and members of the public.
A young brown dwarf sits in the center of a debris disk.
Universe, Exoplanets
Jul 10, 2020
With the help of citizen scientists, astronomers have discovered two highly unusual brown dwarfs, balls of gas that are not massive enough to power themselves the way stars do.
A reddish brown dwarf with bands of coloration hovers in the left foreground.