NSN Webinar Series: NASA Citizen Science and the Night Sky with SciStarter and Astronomy Magazine
Join the NASA Night Sky Network and SciStarter on Thursday, April 29 at 6:00 pm Pacific (9:00 pm Eastern) for a conversation with three citizen science project leaders and David Eicher, Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy Magazine.

Celebrate Citizen Science Month (April 2021) by joining Dave Eicher, Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy Magazine, as he moderates a Q&A with the leaders of the Aurorasaurus, Spiral Graph, and Smartphone Astrophotography citizen science projects. Discover all three SciStarter projects before, during, and after the event at https://SciStarter.org/AstronomyMag

Projects & Speakers

with Dr. Liz MacDonald

photo of a green aurora over an icy landscape at nightDr. Liz MacDonald works for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. She leads the Aurorasaurus citizen science project, which uses citizen science and social media to predict the Northern and Southern Lights. In 2018 MacDonald announced the discovery of a new aurora called STEVE (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement).You can report on whether or not you can see the aurora at aurorasaurus.org

Spiral Graph with Patrick Treuthardt, Ph.D.

image of a spiral galaxy with lines drawn in the spiral armsPatrick Treuthardt, Ph. D., is an astrophysicist whose research is focused on the morphology and dynamics of disk galaxies, and also takes part in public outreach activities that increase access to astronomy and science in general, one of these projects being the Spiral Graph program! You can help scientists measure the curvature of spiral arms in galaxies by participating in the Spiral Graph program at zooniverse.org/projects/astro-lab-ncmns/spiral-graph

Smarthphone Astrophotography with Dr. Sten Odenwald

photo of the Moon taken with a smartphone, at quarter phase, showing many detailed craters and seasDr. Sten Odenwald is an astronomer at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, and the Director of STEM Resource Development at the National Institute of Aerospace. He is an active science popularizer and book author, and participates in many NASA programs in space science and math education, and one of his most recent projects is the Smartphone Astrophotography program, which encourages individuals to take photos of the Moon, planets, and star clusters through their telescope with their smartphone- and help measure light pollution while doing so. Get your phone charged up and find out how to join the Smartphone Astrophotography project at anecdata.org/projects/view/663

Registration and Additional information for Members:
Night Sky Network members can join live, ask questions, and get up-to-date information about the resource. Members may register in advance for this webinar (login required) on the Outreach Resource page.

Public Viewing Options:
The event will stream live on YouTube. Linkhttps://youtu.be/ikgfyN9JCyE

After the event, this recording will join past webinars featuring NASA Speakers on the NSN YouTube page. Click here to see a list of all previous webinars

Upcoming Webinars (all webinars are at 6pm PT/9pm ET)

April 29: Citizen Science and the Night Sky with Dave Eicher
May (date TBD): Artemis Update
June 22: Sungrazing Project with Karl Battams
July TBD
Aug 18: Lucy Mission Update with Cathy Olkin
Sept (date TBD): Dart Mission Update

Previous NSN Webinars

Images: STSci and Kelly Lepo

What to Expect from the James Webb Space Telescope
NASA Night Sky Network members joined Dr. Kelly Lepo on March 23 for the latest updates on the James Webb Space Telescope. 

The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA's next flagship space observatory, which will launch in October 2021. In this presentation, Dr. Lepo will discuss the science and challenges of infrared astronomy, as well as the big questions that the Webb telescope will help to answer: What were the first galaxies like? How do galaxies change over time? How do stars and planets form in those galaxies? What are the atmospheres of planets around other stars made of?
She will also discuss what to expect in the 6-months after launch, as controllers carefully unfold and prepare the telescope to take its first science images. You will also learn how you can host your own event celebrating the Webb launch, deployment or first images.
About Dr. Kelly Lepo

Dr. Kelly Lepo is an Education and Outreach Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, where she works to support outreach efforts for the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. She has a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Toronto. She has made numerous local and national media appearances to talk about everything from the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse to the Super Blue Blood Moon. She has also served as the Coordinator of the McGill Space Institute, designed undergraduate teaching labs, taught physics at Gonzaga University, and helped build the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

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Last Updated: March 2021
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