The Milky Way Project: Can you help?

Help scientists identify features of the Milky Way
The Milky Way Project ( has the objective to sort and measure our galaxy. You can help by looking through images of our Galaxy from the Spitzer and Herschel telescopes.

Volunteers like you have discovered more than 5,000 "bubbles" in the disk of our Milky Way galaxy, illustrated above. Young, hot stars blow the bubbles into surrounding gas and dust, highlighting areas of brand new star formation.

By telling the project scientists what you see in the infrared data, those scientists can better understand how stars form.
Try the tutorial now:

Upwards of 35,000 "citizen scientists" have sifted through the infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope as part of the online Milky Way Project. So far, they have turned up 10 times as many bubbles as previous surveys.

What will you find as you explore our Milky Way Galaxy?

Experience the joys of learning about our Earth and sky
Walkinbg the Solar System

Discovering the size of the Solar System (Photo Credit: Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club)

Join our vibrant stargazing community!

We invite you to join the NASA Night Sky Network stargazing community on Facebook and Twitter for sky charts, beautiful images, and lively conversation. 

Find star parties held by astronomy clubs in your area quickly using these apps or use the website!


Distant Suns, your personal guide to the cosmos, lists Night Sky Network astronomy club star parties, safe solar gazing events, and lectures in the main navigation bar. Distant Suns is available on iPhone, iPad, Kindle, and NOOK.

SkySafari, a powerful planetarium that fits in your pocket, lists Night Sky Network astronomy club star parties, safe solar gazing events, and lectures in the help menu. SkySafari is available for Android and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Clear skies and happy stargazing!

The NASA Night Sky Network is managed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in cooperation with NASA