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The most exciting citizen science project ever (to me, anyway)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/06/21 08:23 CDT

A guest blogger here recently rounded up the large number of participatory research projects that are collectively known as citizen science. I think these are all very cool and I encourage you to check them out but none of them has yet inspired me to spend my precious time as grunt labor on a gigantic collective project. Until now.

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SETI@home Following Up on Kepler Discoveries

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/05/13 06:15 CDT

Remember SETI@home? The ground-breaking computing project is now taking a look at candidate Earth-like planets that have been detected by NASA's Kepler space telescope.

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Citizen Science projects for Planetary Science: Get Involved! Do Science!

Posted by Mike Malaska on 2011/05/12 05:13 CDT

Citizen Science projects let volunteers easily contribute to active science programs. They're useful when there is so much data it overwhelms computing algorithms (if they exist) or the scientific research team attempting to process it.

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Lovely crater turns up in MoonZoo; 2 million images classified, lots more Moon left

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/04/18 10:48 CDT

Here's a very pretty picture to start off the week: a really gorgeous fresh crater on the lunar farside. There's nothing particularly unusual about this crater; it's just recent and fresh so there's a mesmerizing amount of detail in the feathery patterns of the ejecta that fans outward from it.

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Map the world's light pollution by participating in GLOBE at Night

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/03/01 11:48 CST

Now in its sixth year, GLOBE at Night is a citizen science program that marshals the eyes of thousands of people around the world once a year to assess the degree to which light pollution diminishes our views of starry skies.

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Help to hunt for planets!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/16 01:38 CST

The Planet Hunters website, like Zooniverse's other projects, is very, very easy to get up and running.

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Bringing MOLA altimetry tracks into Google Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/27 05:02 CDT

I've had a fun morning of noodling around learning how to write KML files, and have produced one for Google Mars that shows you all of the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter tracks that cross the area Opportunity has driven through already, as well as the area of Endeavour crater.

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New Pulsar Discovery Shows Power of Citizen Scientists and Planetary Society Members

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/08/12 05:15 CDT

Planetary Society members have reason to celebrate today, with the on-line publication in Science of the discovery of a new pulsar by three citizen-scientists working with Einstein@home, a descendant of the SETI@home project.

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A spectacular new global map of Mars, which YOU can make even better

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/23 03:41 CDT

I am such a nerd. This new map of Mars just brought tears to my eyes. Honestly.

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Is this SMART-1's impact site?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/15 12:44 CDT

Speaking of spacecraft crashing...

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Apply for a Shoemaker NEO Grant! Deadline extended to June 24

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 02:00 CDT

Amateur astronomers, get your proposals in for this year's round of Shoemaker NEO Grants!

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The June 3 Jupiter Impact: 22 hours later

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/04 01:14 CDT

Time to take stock of what happened a day ago. The worldwide, round-the-clock nature of planetary science is both exhilarating and challenging!

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Confirmation of the Jupiter impact from Christopher Go

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 07:51 CDT

The impact flash on Jupiter observed earlier today by Anthony Wesley has been confirmed by Philippines-based amateur astronomer Christopher Go.

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A NEW! Impact on Jupiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 05:51 CDT

On the same day as a team of astronomers released new Hubble Space Telescope images of last year's Jupiter impact, the original discoverer of the 2009 impact scar, Anthony Wesley, reported on an amateur astronomy forum that he had observed a new impact on Jupiter.

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Moon Zoo is ready for you

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/12 04:15 CDT

I'm delighted to point you to a citizen science project for wannabe space geologists like me: Moon Zoo.

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Your chance to shoot your own high-resolution pictures of Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/20 11:48 CST

The HiRISE public suggestion tool, called HiWish, is a Web site that allows you to log in and select a spot on Mars as a suggestion for where the HiRISE instrument should take an image.

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What about the non-imaging data from spacecraft?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/18 10:48 CST

Data from all science instruments on all of NASA's and ESA's space missions, not just cameras, is archived in the Planetary Data System and Planetary Science Archive, and almost all of that data is available online.

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Be a Martian!

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2009/11/18 03:35 CST

I think the new "Be a Martian" collaboration between NASA and Microsoft is a great idea!

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Planetary Radio Q and A: Are meteorites on Mars actually interesting?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/09 03:53 CST

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been studying a lot of meteorites. That made me wonder, why study meteorites on Mars when we can study them in hand on Earth? How are Mars meteorites interesting?

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From SETI@home to Hominid Fossils: Citizen Cyberscience Reshapes Research Landscape

Posted by Amir Alexander on 2008/01/15 11:00 CST | 1 comments

In the beginning was SETI@home, the first large-scale volunteer computing project, launched in 1999 with seed money from The Planetary Society. Within months the project had millions of volunteers around the world joining to form the most powerful computer network ever assembled.

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