I’m always on the lookout for citizen science projects that would be fun to do with my son. I believe it’s a great way to teach science and get kids involved in a real-life project. Of course, this isn’t just for kids! Participating in citizen science projects is a wonderful way for people of all ages to contribute to scientific research.
For kids (or adults) who enjoy the night sky, a fun project to become involved with is the Great World Wide Star Count, a study of light pollution around the world. This year (2012), the project will be held from October 5th through the 19th. During this two week period, you go out each night at the same time and, focusing on one constellation, compare what you see with the chart provided. Then report what you find online.
For more information, visit the official website: www.windows2universe.org/starcount/
If you’d like to participate, I recommend you head over to the site today and do the following…
- Subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates about the project (www.windows2universe.org/citizen_science/starcount/subscribe.html)
- Download the activity guide (www.windows2universe.org/citizen_science/starcount/downloads.html)
Curious about light pollution? I suggest you read this article from National Geographic: Our Vanishing Night