Gifts for Astrophysicists: Amateur observations of twinkling stars

As the holidays and the new year approaches, why not make a resolution to give more… data? The economics of science limits what scientists can do on their own. If you’re an amateur astronomer, why not share your data on the twinkling stars?

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Make stellar images with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

Make stellar images with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

I didn't have to spend $10,000 on my own telescope to create this image of the Orion Nebula. Thanks to the Bradford Robotic Telescope it only cost me £3 (about $5). Created by scientists at the University of Bradford to support British primary and secondary schools, anyone can subscribe to their service and create dozens of images every month.

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MilkyWay@home's volunteers rescue the crowdsourced search for dark matter

MilkyWay@home's volunteers rescue the crowdsourced search for dark matter

The MilkyWay@home Project lets more than 160,000 amateur space explorers create a virtual global supercomputer that’s mapping the Milky Way’s invisible dark matter and simulating the Galaxy’ collisions with other galaxies. Now America’s science funding crunch puts MilkyWay@home in jeopardy. Can the crowdsourced project’s volunteer community come to the rescue?

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Weekend Amateur: Observing the Sculptor Galaxy with Nasa

Weekend Amateur: Observing the Sculptor Galaxy with Nasa

Observing With Nasa lets you control a robotic telescope to capture your own images of planets, comets, and distant galaxies. Not just a fun way to make pretty astronomy pictures, Observing With Nasa lets teachers, parents, and informal educators introduce the science of astronomy to middle and high school students.

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Amateurs help Nasa discover space dust

Amateurs help Nasa discover space dust

Nasa's longest-lasting crowdsourced space exploration projects, Stardust@Home, discovered evidence of interstellar dust particles. Scientists could not have done this work without the thousands of amateur space explorers who reviewed millions of images to find traces of the microscopic particles.

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Weekend Amateur: Using Nasa's SkyView virtual observatory to create stellar images

Weekend Amateur: Using Nasa's SkyView virtual observatory to create stellar images

There's no way I could afford my own 2.5 meter telescope, much less a mountain-top observatory. Thanks to Nasa and its SkyView virtual observatory, I created this image of the globular cluster Messier 3 using professional data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. You can too.

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South Carolina State Museum Makes Space the Center of Science Education

South Carolina State Museum Makes Space the Center of Science Education

The South Carolina State Museum will open Windows to New Worlds, a $21 million expansion focused on space and astronomy. South Carolina’s first astronaut, Apollo 16 lunar module pilot Charles Duke donated many of the artifacts on display. An on-site observatory, as well as a 55-foot planetarium dome will give the public a unique view of our universe and enhance the state’s science education.

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Become a Disk Detective and Help Nasa Search for Planetary Nurseries Around Other Stars

Become a Disk Detective and Help Nasa Search for Planetary Nurseries Around Other Stars

The Disk Detective crowdsourcing project - created by scientists at Nasa and the Zooniverse crowdsourcing service - enlists thousands of citizen scientists to find planetary disks - the debris fields encircling young stars where planets form.

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