Did you know that you, as a normal citizen, can contribute to scientific knowledge about space? You can! These types of activities are called “Citizen Science” and there are many different ones and at different levels to choose from. Activities range from doing astronomical observations and imaging, and analysis of images and data, to letting your computer crunch the data in your absence.
A good website to check out the options is with the Astronomical League: astroleague.org/content/citizen-science-program. Although you have to be a member of the Astronomical League to earn the identified certifications, there are many links at the bottom of the web page for the various opportunities.
To get more information about these opportunities, learn about your local astronomy clubs, and to see the wonders of the nighttime sky, join us at the observatory for Public Night on the first Friday each month, from sunset to 10 p.m.: humbleisd.net/observatory.