Astronomy and Weather - earth and space, physics, earth science
Citizen Science Alliance [http://www.citizensciencealliance.org/projects.html]
The Citizen Science Alliance manage several related astronomical citizen science projects. Galaxy Zoo:Hubble members identify the galaxies in deep space images taken by the Hubble telescope. Do you love the moon? Then you might want to join the Moon Zoo where you'll get access to detailed images of the moon and help identify features on it's surface. Solar Storm Watch members identify and track solar flares. Are you a weather or history buff? Then join the thousands of people volunteering for Old Weather as they follow the historical travels of navy boats and transcribe each boat's daily weather observations to a digital format.
If you like to play in the rain, CoCoRaHS might be for you! Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is a network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). CoCoRaHS requires some equipment, including a specific rain gauge. Your school might already own some of the equipment. Check out the website for additional information.
Stardust is a NASA mission that collected interstellar dust and brought it back to earth. The dust is captured in aerogel, but now the tricky part begins - looking through the aerogel for particles that are from outside our solar system. By joining Stardust@home you can access the aerogel samples at a remote microscope and search for particles.
GaN is a great project to involve family or friends in science with you. It takes only a couple of minutes on one winter night to get involved. The website has fun interactives and instructions in English, Spanish and several other languages. People all over the world contribute to GaN by reporting the magnitude of of Orion of another constellation from a location that they choose in their community. The GaN team use the data to learn about light pollution and the quality of star viewing all over the world.
Send the RatW team a local rock (be sure you have permission and that it is a native rock and not an 'exotic rock' purchased for a rock garden) and they will collect it's spectral data and add your rock to their huge database of rock light data. Knowing how light is reflected from your rock and others helps these scientists understand the rock data collected by the Mars Rovers!
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