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Solar Observing in Schools
Funded by the National Science Foundation though grant AST-1351222
Citizen Science with Zooniverse
The Zooniverse (www.zooniverse.org) is the home of popular citizen science projects. There are projects
here covering from astronomy to climate science. There are also many lesson plans already created for using
Zooniverse projects in the classroom.
Today, we’ll explore GalaxyZoo and PlanetHunters.
GalaxyZoo
GalaxyZoo is probably the most famous – it shows images of different galaxies, and asks you to classify what
type of galaxy it is (e.g. spiral, elliptical).
PlanetHunters
PlanetHunters shows data from the Kepler space mission, and is designed for you to try and identify when
planets transit in front of their star, causing a dip in brightness.
Let’s begin!
The first step is to go to www.zooniverse.org and register to create a username. Once you have created
a username, login and start classifying galaxies and finding exoplanets! Youll get a tutorial on how to do it
when you first begin.
Zooniverse in the classroom
There are many lessons already planned for use with GalaxyZoo and other Zooniverse projects. You can explore
what is available at zooteach.org
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