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Disk Detective

Main Project Information
Presented By NASA and Zooniverse
Goal Finding new disks, homes of extrasolar planets.
Task Look at animated images of disk candidates and classify them.
Where Online only

NASA astrophysicists need your help finding new planetary systems. At Disk Detective, you'll view 10-second videos of images from NASA telescopes and help us decide if they might be stars with dusty disks where planets form and dwell. The best candidates you find get followed-up with other telescopes so we can learn more about how planets are born.

How to Join

1. Go to

2. Take a short tutorial, and start classifying disk candidates!

3. If you have done more than 300 classifications, you can send an email to and ask to join the advanced user group.

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Materials List computer or smartphone
Special Skills It doesn't take any special skills to get started, but advanced users have an opportunity to get more deeply involved in astrophysical research, which requires learning new skills and concepts.
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
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Tags astronomy, beta pictoris, dust, exosolar, extrasolar, extrasolar planets, fomalhaut, nasa, online, planetary systems, planets, stars, vega, zooniverse
Project Updated 11/07/2018