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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.

 

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
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
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
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.
Universe, Exoplanets
Mar 9, 2020
You may have heard about the recent discovery of a new planet orbiting a pair of “eclipsing binary” stars led by summer intern Wolf Cukier and his mentor, Veselin Kostov, using data from NASA’s TESS mission.  Eclipsing binaries are pairs of stars whose orbits are lined up in a handy way so the... Read More
Artist concept of TESS satellite
Universe
Feb 6, 2020
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope ended its mission last week, wrapping up more than 16 years of making discoveries about our Universe. 
Artist rendition of Spitzer in space
Universe
Apr 9, 2015
April 9, 2015:  Citizen scientists scanning images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, an orbiting infra-red observatory, recently stumbled upon a new class of curiosities that had gone largely unrecognized before: yellow balls. "The volunteers started chatting about the yellow balls they... Read More
Universe
Apr 11, 2000
  April 12, 2000 -- Astronomers from all over the United States and from 10 countries will converge in Huntsville, Alabama today for a series of meetings and lectures.
Universe, Sun
Aug 7, 1999