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Free Live NSN Webinar Series: Citizen Science and the Night Sky: SciStarter conversation with David Eicher of Astronomy Magazine

Thursday April 29 - 6pm PDT/9pm EDT Live Stream YouTube Webinar
Free Live NSN Webinar Series:  Citizen Science and the Night Sky: SciStarter conversation with David Eicher of Astronomy Magazine

Join the NASA Night Sky Network and SciStarter on Thursday, April 29 at 6:00 pm Pacific (9:00 pm Eastern) for a conversation with three citizen science project leaders and David Eicher, Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy Magazine.

Celebrate Citizen Science Month (April 2021) by joining Dave Eicher, Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy Magazine, as he moderates a Q&A with the leaders of the Aurorasaurus, Spiral Graph, and Smartphone Astrophotography citizen science projects. Discover all three SciStarter projects before, during, and after the event at

Project & Speakers:

Aurorasaurus with Dr. Liz MacDonald
Dr. Liz MacDonald works for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. She leads the Aurorasaurus citizen science project, which uses citizen science and social media to predict the Northern and Southern Lights. In 2018 MacDonald announced the discovery of a new aurora called STEVE (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement).You can report on whether or not you can see the aurora at

Spiral Graph with Patrick Treuthardt, Ph.D.
Patrick Treuthardt, Ph. D., is an astrophysicist whose research is focused on the morphology and dynamics of disk galaxies, and also takes part in public outreach activities that increase access to astronomy and science in general, one of these projects being the Spiral Graph program! You can help scientists measure the curvature of spiral arms in galaxies by participating in the Spiral Graph program at

Smarthphone Astrophotography with Dr. Sten Odenwald
Dr. Sten Odenwald is an astronomer at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, and the Director of STEM Resource Development at the National Institute of Aerospace. He is an active science popularizer and book author, and participates in many NASA programs in space science and math education, and on of his most recent projects is the Smartphone Astrophotography program, which encourages individuals to take photos of the Moon, planets, and star clusters through their telescope with their smartphone- and help measure light pollution while doing so. Get your phone charged up and find out how to join the Smartphone Astrophotography project at

Viewing Options
The event will stream live on YouTube, but please note that questions asked over the NSN-members-only Zoom Q&A will be prioritized.

The recording will be uploaded both to the webinar’s resource page and to the NSN YouTube page for folks that are unable to attend this evening’s session.