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, Citizen Science
Apr 25, 2023
Dr. Gerald Guala talks about the many ways citizen scientists are enhancing NASA's Earth science data collection.
Seven volunteers dressed in colorful drysuits ride in a gray inflatable boat moving through waters containing floating sea ice. In the background is cloudy sky framing a large snow-covered iceberg, rock or land formation.
Universe, Citizen Science
Apr 21, 2023
April is Citizen Science Month, and the Dark Energy Explorers team invites you to celebrate with an extra special treat!
Photo of a large silver domed building with a smaller shed next to it; 3 colorful flags fly in front of the dome.
Universe, Citizen Science
Apr 18, 2023
You’ll sleep better tonight knowing 142 imposter planet candidates no longer roam the skies. Those suspicious characters were apprehended and placed under custody by volunteer Planet Patrollers who met through NASA’s Planet Patrol Citizen Science project.
The 999 targets of the TESS Triple-9 Catalog II, displayed according to their period and radius. Cyan dots represent the planet candidates (PCs) while the red dots represent both impostors and potential imposters (labeled as (potential) False Positives (p)FPs) (Magliano et al. 2023).
Citizen Science
Mar 29, 2023
Join us online on April 4th for an “Introduction to Do NASA Science LIVE!”. During this event, citizen science experts from NASA and SciStarter will describe how and why NASA works with the public to accelerate important research.
Illustration with a blue boxy robot with a red bird sitting on their hand in the bottom right corner of the image; the top hemisphere of the earth is in the background with a spotted starry blue sky and a small satellite in the upper left corner. Text in the bottom left corner reads "Do NASA Science LIVE!"
Sun, Citizen Science
Mar 21, 2023
Scientists need your help tracking active regions as they return from their trip around the Sun’s far side.
An image of the sun's atmosphere which has green eruptive areas on it. Overlaying the sun is an illustration of a crosshairs with a white center filled with red and purple dots representing data. The text Solar Active Region Spotter follows the arc of the top hemisphere of the sun.
Earth, Citizen Science
Mar 13, 2023
Near the Chesapeake Bay? Join Chesapeake Water Watch and help scientists monitor its health! (Credit: Shelby Brown)
Blue text reads Chesapeake Water Watch down the middle of a square graphic; icons on the left of the text include a mobile device, a water guage and a satellite; on the right is a colorful satellite image of Chesapeake Bay
Citizen Science
Feb 16, 2023
Ham Radio operators, we’re calling you! Members of the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation will be making radio contacts during the 2023 and 2024 North American eclipses, probing the Earth’s ionosphere. It will be a fun, friendly event with a competitive element—and you’re invited to... Read More
Photo of a large metal antenna with a solar eclipse in the sky
Universe, Citizen Science
Feb 14, 2023
Help search for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilizations! (Credit: UCLA SETI and Yuri Beletsky)
Image of the universe with a string of 1's and 0's going into the distance
Universe, Citizen Science
Feb 7, 2023
The Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project has just discovered an object similar to Jupiter that has some of the reddest “colors” we've ever seen for such objects. Astronomers use the word “color” in a special way, since they often look at wavelengths of light that are not visible to humans. But in... Read More
Artist concept of a reddish brown dwarf
Feb 2, 2023
A new special episode of SciGirls, the Emmy award-winning TV show, features NASA’s Disk Detective project. The latest episode, “Dakota Stars,” joins a new collection of SciGirls in Space episodes that explore topics like human spaceflight, astronomy, and traditional star knowledge. 
Photo of 3 girls facing away from the camera in a field looking at the night sky, they are each wrapped in very colorful blankets.