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NOVA Sun Lab

NOVA Sun Lab

NOVA Lab’s Sun Lab gives citizen scientists the opportunity to learn about the Sun and the weather this churning mass of superhot plasma creates. Sun Lab explores what makes the Sun so volatile and gives citizen scientists access to the same data, images and tools that scientists use to predict solar storms.

Sun Lab includes nine brief videos that cover the basic science of the Sun and solar storms, and explain how the Lab uses a tool called the Helioviewer to bring users up-to-date images from some of NASA's best solar space telescopes.

Project Details

  • PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various
  • SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: NASA, Harvard University
  • DATES: Ongoing
  • PROJECT TYPE: Observation
  • COST: Free
  • GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
  • HOW TO JOIN:

    For more information, visit the Nova Labs home page.

See more projects in FreeObservationAll Ages.

What Is Citizen Science?

Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project was SETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. And they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt. We'll add projects regularly—and please tell us about others you like as well.

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