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Two white spheres next to each other and in orbit around a larger white sphere that fades to blue.
Universe
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.
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. 
Image representing a round star colorized with bands of purple and red against a black background with white stars
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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Universe
Feb 1, 2022
Lead author Tarun Kota, a student at Eastview high school.  (Credit: Tanisha Kota)
Photo of a high school student wearing a bright blue tshirt standing next to a large telescope.
Universe
Dec 27, 2021
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launched at 7:20 a.m. EST Saturday, December 25. Follow its deployment here.
Photograph of a rocket launching
Universe, Solar System, Sun, Space Experiments
Nov 24, 2021
Are you interested in starting your own citizen science project?  NASA's Citizen Science Seed Funding Program can help!  
Image of a colorful blues and dark browns nebula with stars.
Universe
Apr 8, 2021
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx completed its last flyover of Bennu around 6 a.m. EDT (4 a.m. MDT) April 7 and is now slowly drifting away from the asteroid; however, the mission team will have to wait a few more days to find out how the spacecraft changed the surface of Bennu when it grabbed a sample of the... Read More
ghostly gray image of asteroid Bennu against black backdrop of space
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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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
Universe
Jul 14, 2020
You can assist scientists in figuring out the mysteries of planet formation. Disk Detective is a collaboration between professional scientists and members of the public.
A young brown dwarf sits in the center of a debris disk.
Universe, Exoplanets
Jul 10, 2020
With the help of citizen scientists, astronomers have discovered two highly unusual brown dwarfs, balls of gas that are not massive enough to power themselves the way stars do.
A reddish brown dwarf with bands of coloration hovers in the left foreground.
Universe, Exoplanets
May 5, 2020
Would you like to be one of the firsts to participate in and test drive a new NASA citizen science project before it launches? We don't want to give away too much about it here but the topic is exoplanets (planets around stars beyond the sun) and anyone can take part with just a laptop or cell... Read More
Screenshot of Planet Patrol
Universe, ISS
Mar 10, 2020
Humans have observed many wonders across the cosmos. Yet, much of our universe is still shrouded in mystery. Among those mysteries is the formation of our universe, which should have resulted in a balance of matter and its corresponding counterpart, antimatter. Much of that matter is thought to... Read More
Finding the Invisible Poster
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
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