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Super Moon, Super Meteor Showers, Super Citizen Science

By August 9th, 2014 at 4:08 am | Comment

On Sunday August 10, join Slooh and citizen scientists as they observe the Super Moon.

Don’t miss a live interview (Sunday at 7:30 ET) with SciStarter’s founder Darlene Cavalier on Slooh, the telescope and astronomy website devoted to stars and the cosmos.


Credit NASA


There is a tendency to prefix anything dramatic, unusual or super with…well, the prefix ‘super,’ which is partly why the Moon is called super twice more this year. Let me explain.  When a new Moon coincides with the closest approach the Moon has on its elliptical path to the Earth (because of this the Moon’s orbit typically varies between about 222,000 miles and 252,000 miles from the Earth), it actually appears from 7 to 30 percent larger and brighter, especially when it’s close to the horizon. That happens on the 10th of August—tomorrow—and again on the 9th of September 2014.  Slooh will be broadcasting live coverage of the event.

The term ‘super moon’ is not used in professional astronomical circles, but rather has its roots in modern astrology—the high tides created at this time are believed by some to cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and it has actually been blamed for sinking the Titanic (although there has not been any evidence to support this), and for the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

What’s so super about the Moon this weekend? The perigee (that’s what astronomers call it) will coincide with meteor showers. Named Perseid, it is possible to see as many as 100 shooting stars every hour; probably peaking between August 10 and August 13, with the best time to view the shower at about 2 am.

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Discussion on Data Visualization through’s Feature Friday

By July 31st, 2014 at 9:10 pm | Comment

Want to learn about data visualization in citizen science? Take part in’s Feature Friday!


What: This feature Friday will focus on data visualization on the site.

Who: Anyone who is interested in data visualization in a citizen science setting. Please join our conversation with your valuable input. Researchers, coordinators, and volunteers are all welcome.

When: August 1, 2014 (1-2p MST)

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Get Ready for’s July Feature Friday

By July 10th, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Comment

Want to learn about downloading data and data management in citizen science?  Take part in’s Feature Friday!

What: This Feature Friday is focusing on downloading data from
Who: Any one who has an interest in data management in a Citizen Science setting. Come voice your valuable input to improve and discuss citizen science with researchers, volunteers, and project leaders.
WhenJuly 11, 2014 (1-2 pm MST)
How to join:
1. Join the meeting at :
2. Use either your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended – Or, call in using your telephone:

Dial: +1 (646) 749-3131
Access Code: 234-907-677
Meeting ID: 234-907-677
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

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Save the Date! Citizen Science 2015 Conference and Gathering

By July 3rd, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Comment

Save the Date!  The Citizen Science Association will host the Citizen Science 2015 Conference on February 11 and 12, 2015.

Members of the SciStarter team serve on committees for the Citizen Science Association and pre-conference, including Darlene Cavalier (Web/Communications Committee), Lily Bui (Conference Communications Committee), and Caren Cooper (co-Chair, Publications Committee).

What: Citizen Science is a partnership between everyday people and professional scientists to investigate pressing questions about the environment, human health, societal issues, and more—studies that range from the microscopic to the galactic, and are taking place in communities, cities, and countries around the world.

Who: People involved in all aspects of citizen science, including researchers, project leaders, educators, evaluators, designers and makers, volunteers, and more – representing a wide variety of disciplines.

Why: Join people from across the field of citizen science to discuss designing, implementing, sustaining, evaluating, and participating in projects. Share your project innovations and questions.

When: February 11 & 12, 2015

Where: San Jose, California, USA

· Keynote speakers
· Concurrent sessions
· Speed talks
· Story-telling presentations
· Poster presentations
· Social gatherings
· And more!

Citizen Science 2015 is the inaugural conference and gathering of the newly formed Citizen Science Association (CSA). This event is a pre-conference of the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting.

For more information about conference plans and updates as they become available, please visit the Citizen Science Association.

Follow conference conversations on Twitter at #CitSci2015

Win a 25 million year old fossil at USA SciFest!

By April 24th, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Comment


Non-profit citizen science organization Paleo Quest is very excited to partner with SciStarter at the USA Science and Engineering Festival (Hall DE, Booth Number 5337). Paleo Quest researcher John Nance will share marine fossils that are up to 25 million years old with attendees. Each fossil that will be on display was collected by the non-profit’s founders Aaron Alford and Jason Osborne while scuba diving in murky swamp rivers with swift currents and black water conditions along the coast of the Chesapeake Bay. Show John how excited you are about science and our prehistoric past by asking as many questions as you can, and you may walk away with your very own fossil to add to your personal collection.


Paleo Quest will also be at the Scientific American booth where attendees can participate in our citizen science program SharkFinder. Use Zeiss microscopes to search for microfossils in 19-million-year-old marine deposits and see if you can discover a first occurrence of a species or even a new species all together. SharkFinder was recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last year as one of the top citizen science programs in the country.

Paleo Quest fulfills its mandate through exploration and scientific collaboration, by discovering and recovering fossil specimens, including underwater (scuba) excavations, advancing the understanding of stratigraphy, and by donating materials of scientific significance to museums and universities. The organization donates fossils and fossil-bearing matrix as educational materials to elementary through college level institutions that go to support their science curriculum. This in turn promotes literacy in the earth and paleontological sciences at all academic levels, and collaborative publications of notable findings for the broader research community at a professional level.