Help scientists discover what else happens during a solar eclipse!

It’s a Solar Eclipse! When the moon completely covers the sun on August 21, will animals behave differently? Will air and surface temperatures fluctuate? Help scientists answer these and other research questions! Below, we highlight projects you can do in the path of the eclipse, in your own backyard, and a couple for after the eclipse. Find … Read more “Help scientists discover what else happens during a solar eclipse!”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Featured Projects

Science Experiments for the Public during the Solar Eclipse

By Dr. Liz MacDonald, founder of Aurorasaurus and scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This blog reposted from blog.aurorasaurus.org. Over a century ago, American astronomer W.W. Campbell set up a 40 foot ‘Schaeberle camera’ in Jeur, India to take pictures and study various properties of the sun’s outermost layer called the corona during the … Read more “Science Experiments for the Public during the Solar Eclipse”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Guest Contributor, Project Profile

Look down, look all around during the total solar eclipse

On August 21st, millions of people across the U.S. will have the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse. But we won’t be the only ones taking notice—there is a good chance animals, and even some plants, will be affected by the event, too. It is not as farfetched as you might think. Many animals … Read more “Look down, look all around during the total solar eclipse”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Project Profile

Capturing the Total Solar Eclipse, One Photo at a Time

By: Alexei V. Filippenko and Hugh Hudson On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will trace a shadow over a narrow band of the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.  And if you own a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera*, you can become a part of scientific history by joining hundreds of other photographers … Read more “Capturing the Total Solar Eclipse, One Photo at a Time”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Project Profile

Read, Participate, Discover, Repeat

Today is National Repeat Day and what better way to celebrate than to publish an older post? A recent article in Astrophysical Journal Letters has shown that citizen scientists have just discovered the first brown dwarf through the Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project just four weeks after the project launched back in February.  Now, isn’t that worth repeating? … Read more “Read, Participate, Discover, Repeat”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Guest Contributor, Project Profile

Pluto, Planet Nine and Other Backyard Worlds

By: Marc J. Kuchner Eighty-seven years ago, this week, Clyde Tombaugh was poring over a pair of photographic plates, hoping to change the world.  He was staring hard into an arcane device called a blink comparator, which allowed him to rapidly switch from viewing one image to the next. In those days before computers, that was … Read more “Pluto, Planet Nine and Other Backyard Worlds”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Guest Contributor, Project Profile

12 Days of Christmas with Citizen Science (seriously!)

The holiday season is upon us! In the spirit of the season, we’ve put together another edition of our annual 12 Days of Christmas Newsletter. ANNNNNNNND…as our gift to you, we’ve made it possible for you to track your citizen science contributions and interests in one place! Check out the beta version of SciStarter 2.0. … Read more “12 Days of Christmas with Citizen Science (seriously!)”

Categories: Animals, Astronomy & Space, Birds, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Newsletter