Citizen Science

Calling All Volunteers to Help Digitize Astronomical History

by Shannon Hall September 12, 2014

An old brick building on Harvard’s Observatory Hill is overflowing with rows of dark green cabinets — each one filled to the brim with hundreds of astronomical glass plates in paper sleeves: old-fashioned photographic negatives of the night sky. All in all there are more than 500,000 plates preserving roughly a century of information about […]

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Contact With 36-Year Old Spacecraft Results in Dancing, Hugs. Now Comes Even Bigger Challenge

by Nancy Atkinson June 4, 2014

What is it like to make contact with a 36-year old dormant spacecraft? “The intellectual side of you systematically goes through all the procedures but you really end up doing a happy dance when it actually works,” Keith Cowing told Universe Today. Cowing, most notably from NASA, and businessman Dennis Wingo are leading a […]

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Want to Measure the Distance to the Moon Yourself? Now You Can!

by Shannon Hall May 27, 2014

Astronomy is a discipline pursued at a distance. And yet, actually measuring that last word — distance — can be incredibly tricky, even if we set our sights as nearby as the Moon. But now astronomers from the University of Antioquia, Colombia, have devised a clever method that allows citizen scientists to measure the Moon’s […]

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Zooniverse Reaches One Million Volunteers

by Shannon Hall February 17, 2014

Zooniverse — the renowned home of citizen science projects — is now one million strong. That’s one million registered volunteers since the project began less than seven years ago. It all began when Galaxy Zoo launched in July 2007. The initial response to this project was overwhelming. Since then the Zooniverse team has created almost […]

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App Review: Earth or Not Earth

by Ray Sanders December 20, 2013

The folks at Cosmoquest have released a cool new citizen science app for Android! “Earth or Not Earth” allows players to test their knowledge of Earth, as well as learn more about the fascinating geology of the rocky worlds in our solar system. You can also challenge your friends on Facebook to beat your scores, […]

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