Highlights

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
Jan 11, 2023
The Exoplanet Watch project invites you to use your smartphone or personal telescope to help track worlds outside our solar system.
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Universe
Jan 6, 2023
Become a Dark Energy Explorer, help map the distant universe and figure out what makes it expand faster and faster! Dark energy makes the whole universe expand faster and faster! But what causes this spectacular process? Join NASA’s newest citizen science project, Dark Energy Explorers, and help... Read More
Universe, Exoplanets
Dec 13, 2022
Jupiter-like planets play important roles in arranging planetary systems, and can influence the abilities of planets to host life. But detecting them requires coordinated observations across multiple hours or days by astronomers worldwide. That’s why out of the more than 5,200... Read More
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Universe, Citizen Science
Jul 20, 2022
When do brown dwarfs and white dwarfs mix? Ask NASA citizen scientist Frank Kiwy!
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Universe, Citizen Science
Jul 11, 2022
Think only professional astronomers will have access to the James Webb Space Telescope? Think again!
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Universe, Citizen Science
May 24, 2022
Citizen scientists have discovered a strange lopsided system consisting of three very massive stars orbiting around one another very rapidly---a rare combination that has scientists asking how this system could have formed.
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Universe
Mar 28, 2022
Be a citizen science intern! The Backyard Worlds: Cool Neighbors citizen science project is hiring two undergraduate-level interns to help build the project's online interface within the Zooniverse platform. 
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Universe, Exoplanets
Mar 2, 2022
Do you want to help discover new planets? How about having your name included on a scientific publication?
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Citizen Science
Jan 13, 2021
Is our solar system located in a typical Milky Way neighborhood? Scientists have gotten closer to answering this question, thanks to the NASA-funded Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project, a “citizen science” collaboration between professional scientists and members of the public. Scientists tapped into... Read More
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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
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