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Explore the Moon from Your Computer

Would you like to roam around the moon? Are you curious about its geography? Then you might really enjoy Moon Zoo, a citizen science project. Citizen scientists make valuable contributions to science every day, by contributing data, photographs, cataloging, and discovering objects such as nebulas, supernovas and gamma ray bursts.* Anyone can become a citizen scientist, and if you're interested in becoming one, the Moon Zoo is a great way to start.

The goal of the Moon Zoo is provide detailed crater counts for as much of the Moon's surface as possible. In particular, you're asked to look for craters with boulders around the rim. There are tutorials, such as the Crater Survey & the Boulder Wars tutorials to help you. It's an important project and lots of fun, and thousands of people are contributing their findings, so join in!

Lots of amateur astronomers participate in Moon Zoo, and they offer great views of the moon through a telescope. Find an astronomy club near you to get a close-up view of the moon or contact a club to visit your school, organization or set-up telescopes at an event. And if you want free materials to teach about the moon, we have plenty. You might want to start with Why Does the Moon Have Phases? You'll find follow-up activities on that page such as Why Do Eclipses Happen? and Does the Moon Rotate? It's all very moony.

Want to do more citizen science? You'll find more projects at the Zooniverse. And here's a list of NASA supported resources for citizen scientists like you.

Keep up with stargazing on our Facebook page and get Go StarGaze, our iPhone app to help you find astronomy clubs and star gazing events.

*See NASA Science: For Citizen Scientists