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.


Solar System, Citizen Science
Sep 18, 2023
The Minor Planet Center is the official worldwide organization in charge of collecting observational data on asteroids, comets, and other minor planets. The Minor Planet Center's recent Circular, MPC 163237-164686, credits 115 volunteers from The Daily Minor Planet as “measurers”, meaning they... Read More
Image of the milky way with a telescope in the foreground
Solar System, Citizen Science
Aug 1, 2023
NASA needs your help spotting changes on the surface of Earth's nearest neighbor – the Moon! Join MoonDiff, our newest volunteer science project, and help scientists learn about the Moon’s dynamic surface.
A screenshot of the MoonDiff website with two images, side by side. The image of the moon on the left is lighter than the image of the moon on the right.
Solar System, Citizen Science
Jul 14, 2023
What happens when 500 dedicated volunteers band together to tackle a set of really complex data? Science gets done -- fast! A NASA-funded Zooniverse project called Solar Active Region Spotters recently reached the end of its data set, as the volunteers tore through over 850 sets of observations in... Read More
A chart with Helioprojective Latitude on the x-axis and helioprojective longitude on the y-axis. The data looks like a swirling gold cloud with bursts of light.
Solar System
May 16, 2023
This just in: NASA’s new Daily Minor Planet project seeks your help discovering and tracking asteroids—in a dazzling new data set. Remember asteroids, those lumps of rock tumbling through space left over from the formation of our solar system? There are so many reasons to find these objects. Some... Read More
Solar System
Nov 28, 2022
NASA’s Juno mission completed its 38th close flyby of Jupiter. As the spacecraft sped low over the giant planet’s cloud tops, its JunoCam instrument captured this look at two of Jupiter’s largest moons.
Photo of the southern hemisphere of Jupiter
Solar System, Mars
Oct 31, 2022
The forecast for the Cloudspotting on Mars project is cloudy. And that’s a good thing! The Cloudspotting on Mars citizen science project has received additional funding from NASA’s Mars Data Analysis Program to search for clouds in more Mars data. 
Image of clouds in the Mars atmosphere
Solar System, Citizen Science
Sep 29, 2022
The Disk Detective project invites you to help search for disks of gas and dust around nearby stars, places where exoplanets form and dwell
Image of an orange planet with red rings
Solar System, Citizen Science
Jul 5, 2022
When you’re trying to catch a planet, you’d better look twice! Volunteers on NASA’s Planet Patrol Citizen Science Project finished checking their first batch of 999 exoplanet candidates from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. The results, published in Monthly Notices of... Read More
Illustration of the yellow sun fading to orange around the outside and a planet represented by a black dot transiting across. An illustrated satellite overlays the sun and the text Planet Patrol sits above the illustration.
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Citizen Science
Jun 27, 2022
A new NASA citizen science project, Jovian Vortex Hunter, seeks your help spotting vortices---spiral wind patterns—and other phenomena in gorgeous photos of the planet Jupiter.
Citizen Science
Apr 27, 2022
Citizen scientist Thomas Thomopoulos created this enhanced-color image using raw data from the JunoCam instrument (Figure A). At the time the raw image was taken, the Juno spacecraft was about 44,000 miles (71,000 kilometers) above Jupiter’s cloud tops, at a latitude of about 55 degrees south, and... Read More
Photo of a shadow on Jupiter's moon