NASA’s “Disc Detective”

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    NASA has paired up with Zooniverse to create a crowdsourcing website geared at finding planetary nurseries across the universe.

     NASA unveiled its “Disk Detective” Initiative this week, inviting members of the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data collected by its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, or what we usually refer to as WISE.   This is the agency’s largest crowdsourcing project to date.  The project is a collaboration with Zooniverse and involves a website flip book from data taken by WISE that citizen scientists can view and classify objects based on their shape and if they include multiples.  From this, citizens can help NASA discover new planetary nurseries that will become future targets for telescopes like Hubble.