Spot stars exploding over Australia with Snapshot Supernova

Snapshot Supernova asks the world’s citizen scientists and armchair astronomers to help discover stars exploding over Australia. It’s the latest project form the Zooniverse crowdsourcing service. The Zooniverse’s co-founder and Oxford University astrophysicist Chris Lintott explained to me how the project evolved from earlier supernova-hunting projects to make its first supernova sighting within hours of the project’s launch.

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Venus for the Armchair Space Explorer

Amateurs can explore space - and contribute to science - from the comfort of their own homes thanks to the Internet, the power of personal computers, and space agencies’ open data policies. This post collects resources I’ve found that amateurs can use to explore the planet Venus. This is part of a series of posts about Armchair Space Exploration

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Mercury for the Armchair Space Explorer

Amateurs can explore space - and contribute to science - from the comfort of their own homes thanks to the Internet, the power of personal computers, and space agencies’ open data policies. This post collects resources I’ve found that amateurs can use to explore the planet Mercury. This is the first in a series of posts about Armchair Space Exploration.

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Crowdsourced discoveries... in space!

Crowdsourced discoveries... in space!

The power of crowdsourced citizen science lies in its ability to turn millions of hours of volunteers’ contributions into scientific research that would never have been possible before. Scientists published several papers last month that expand our understanding of galaxies and star formation.

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Crowdfunding the Next Moonshot

Crowdfunding the Next Moonshot

Once the only people who had a shot at exploring the Moon worked for Nasa and the other big space agencies. Time and technology have made lunar exploration much less expensive. While you won’t be taking vacations on the Moon any time soon, check out this timeline of crowdfunded lunar projects and see how you can help explore the Moon.

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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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