Citizen Science and Astronomy

Commons at the Intersection of Peer Production, Citizen Science, and Big Data: Galaxy Zoo

"The knowledge commons research framework is applied to a case of commons governance grounded in research in modern astronomy. The case, Galaxy Zoo, is a leading example of at least three different contemporary phenomena."

Ideas for Citizen Science in Astronomy

"The most productive citizen astronomy projects involve close collaboration between the professionals and amateurs involved, and occupy scientific niches not easily filled by great observatories or machine learning methods: citizen astronomers are most strongly motivated by being of service to science. In the coming years we expect participation and productivity in citizen astronomy to increase, as survey datasets get larger and citizen science platforms become more efficient. Opportunities include engaging the public in ever more advanced analyses, and facilitating citizen-led enquiry by designing professional user interfaces and analysis tools with citizens in mind."

Listening to ISEE-3 Solar Storm Data in Japan

We hope to have the 64 meter dish at Usuda in Japan do some ISEE-3 data recording today/tomorrow as the solar storm arrives.

ISEE-3 Reboot Project In The News 11 Sep 2014

Citizen Scientists Command NASA Satellite, VOA

"For the first time, NASA, the U.S. space agency, has handed over the reins of one its spacecraft to a group of ordinary people.  The International Sun Earth Explorer 3 was launched in 1978 to study space weather and collect data on the streams of particles flowing from the sun. Those particles, also known as solar wind, can damage satellites, interrupt radio signals and knock out electric systems that power our homes."

29 Years Ago Today: ISEE-3 Makes The First Comet Encounter

On 11 September 1985 ISEE-3 flew through the plasma trail of Comet Giacobini-Zinner and became the first spacecraft to encounter a comet. Photo: Kitt Peak, 1998.

Successful Space Project Crowdfunding

Space Crowdfunding: What's the Secret?, Winners and losers among the space start-ups, Air and Space

"I had guys clambering over the [radio antenna] dish in Arecibo [Puerto Rico], hanging hardware while people were still giving money, and people were saying, 'This is great!' " he says. "I was live-tweeting everything we did. Every geeky expression that happened in the control room I threw out there, and people were telling me they got in trouble for not going to work, or skipping class, sitting on the subway reading it on their phone." "The bulk of the people that give you money don't quite even understand exactly what you're going to do," says Cowing. But success comes "if you tell a compelling story, couch this in a way that there's adventure involved, but also a payback opportunity that people feel is important, that there's something to be learned."

Please Help Preserve This Historic Astronomical Data

Volunteers Needed to Preserve Astronomical History and Promote Discovery

"Digitizing the ~500,000 glass plate images covering the full sky will foster new scientific discoveries for the currently 'hot' field of studying variability of astronomical objects, or time domain astronomy, as we bring to light these long-hidden archives," says Harvard professor Josh Grindlay, the leader of the Digital Access to a Sky Century at Harvard (DASCH) project. The telescope logbooks record vital information associated with a 100-year-long effort to record images of the sky. By transcribing logbook text to put those historical observations in context, volunteers can help to unlock hidden discoveries."

ISEE-3 Status Report 5 September 2014

On September 4 we attempted to contact ISEE-3 from the Morehead State University dish. Our plan was to switch antennas and to change antenna orientation. We were unable to make contact with ISEE-3 although we can still hear it. The next attempt to contact and command ISEE-3 will be attempted next week.

ISEE-3 Reboot Project In The News 3 Sep 2014

The sun and McMoon's - Citizen group commandeers retired NASA satellite, Mountain View Voice

"The scrappy bunch of students, entrepreneurs and former NASA scientists who work out of "McMoon's" -- an abandoned McDonald's at Moffett Field -- are at it again. They're using crowdfunding to take control of an abandoned 1978 NASA satellite to study the weather on the sun, potentially predicting impacts on earth from climate change and dangerous solar storms. It's not the first time the group in the shuttered McDonald's has won public interest in a project. A few years ago the group made headlines for its efforts to digitize reams of film of high-resolution images of the moon taken during the Apollo missions in the 1960s."

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