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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
Mar 12, 2020
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of The GLOBE Program, NASA GLOBE Observer is hosting a month-long citizen science challenge in April 2020. Volunteers are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible... Read More
Trees Challenge 2020 logo
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, Earth, Solar System
Feb 21, 2020
Near Earth Objects (NEOs) are asteroids or comets whose orbits bring them near the Earth.  Sixty-five million years ago, a NEO the size of Mount Everest hit the Earth off the coast of Mexico, leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs.  More recently, in 2013, a NEO exploded near Chelyabinsk,... Read More
Photo of IASC participants
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
Solar System, Sky Watching
Jan 31, 2020
Scientists think planets, including the Earth, form inside giant disks of gas and dust that circle young stars. Observing these disks, called protoplanetary disks, teaches us how long it takes planets to form. Until recently astronomers thought that protoplanetary disks all faded away after just a... Read More
Peter Pan Disk
Earth
Apr 19, 2019
Our magnificent planet is always ready for its close-up. On Earth Day, April 22, NASA wants to see your take. NASA invites you to celebrate the planet we call home with our #PictureEarth social media event. Post a close-up photo on social media of your favorite natural features, such as crashing... Read More
Collage of earth photographs
Solar System, Sky Watching
Dec 12, 2018
People around the world have the opportunity to participate in the study of a comet in December of 2018, when a hyperactive comet that orbits between Jupiter and the Sun will be closest to Earth. It will be so close, in fact, that you may be able to see it with the naked eye within a week or two... Read More
You Light Up Our Night Poster
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 18, 2017
On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the Moon will sweep across the U.S. landscape, transforming day to twilight. In the surreal gloaming of an eclipse, the temperature drops, birds go silent, crickets begin to chirp, and blossoms start to close. As this scene plays out across a 70-mile wide path of... Read More
The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Poster
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
Sun, Solar System
Dec 13, 2011
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