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ISS
Nov 16, 2020
Think of the International Space Station, and most likely you imagine an orbiting laboratory, where scientists observe how plants, materials, and humans react to microgravity conditions. But during the past decade, the station has also served a very different role - that of being a business... Read More
Sun
Nov 13, 2020
A new finding about the formation of streaks within the aurora-like STEVE phenomenon brings scientists one step closer to solving the mystery.
A photo showing a purple arc of light alongside a green picket fence like structure in the night sky above a body of water
Solar System
Nov 2, 2020
Cool autumn evenings are a great time to look for the Pleiades star cluster. You'll also have a couple of great opportunities to observe the Moon with Jupiter and Saturn. Plus, check out the phenomenon known as Earthshine.
What's Up in the Solar System
Earth
Oct 26, 2020
Snapshot Wisconsin is a partnership to monitor wildlife year-round, using a statewide network of trail cameras. Citizen scientists help discover wildlife by classifying images captured on trail cameras. The project provides data needed for wildlife management decision support at the Wisconsin... Read More
Three deer standing a lightly snowy field.
Oct 21, 2020
NASA citizen science can be a great teaching tool, especially during times like these when it’s difficult to run in-person experiments. Dr. Stephany Taylor, Assistant Professor of Physics at Shaw University uses NASA’s Floating Forests citizen science project in her introductory science classes to... Read More
Collage of faces using an online meeting tool
Space Experiments, Physical Sciences, Space Biology
Oct 15, 2020
NASA’s division for Biological and Physical Sciences (BPS) research in space just found a new home on Earth. From plunging the temperature of atoms to advance technologies like your cell phone, to growing food in space to help humans reach new destinations, BPS has a hand in an enormous range of... Read More
Photo of astronaut Jessica Koch working on the Cold Atom Lab
Oct 8, 2020
NASA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and Citizen Science received a shout out from Chief Scientist, Dr. Jim Green. 
Hispanic Heritage Month collage
Solar System
Oct 5, 2020
What are some skywatching highlights in October 2020? Not one, but two, full moons; Mars at opposition; and finding the Andromeda galaxy.
What's Up in the Solar System
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
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Sep 24, 2020
Citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt made this composite image using data obtained by the JunoCam instrument during four of the Juno spacecraft’s close passes by Jupiter. The greatly exaggerated color is partially a result of combining many individual images to create this view.
Colorful composite image of Jupiter
Space Experiments
Sep 18, 2020
NASA announces the award of 18 grants for exciting new Space Biology research that will advance NASA’s understanding of how living systems respond, acclimate, and adapt to the space environment in support of human space exploration.
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
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Aug 17, 2020
Several years ago, planetary scientist Lynnae Quick began to wonder whether any of the more than 4,000 known planets beyond our solar system might resemble some of the watery moons around Jupiter and Saturn. Though some of these moons don’t have atmospheres and are covered in ice, they are... Read More
This illustration shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft flying through plumes on Enceladus in October 2015.
Earth, Ice
Aug 17, 2020
Researchers on the NASA-funded Community Snow Observations (CSO) project recently found a new way to use data from citizen scientists. This project asks volunteer to measure the depth of the snow in mountain environments and uses those data to improve snowpack models.
Ryan Crumley measures snow depth in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Solar System
Aug 11, 2020
The Catalina Sky Survey has been collecting images of the night sky for over twenty years. Today you’ll have the chance of a lifetime---the chance to find a new TNO.
Catalina Outer Solar System Survey logo with asteroid