Get involved in ICRAR’s research through citizen science programs. Lend your computer and your skills to look at distant galaxies, search for black holes, and help find radio sources.
Our researchers are involved in three main citizen science projects:
Your computer is bored. It has spare computing power nearly all the time that could be used to do something cool. So why not let it?
By connecting 100s and 1000s of computers together through the Internet, it’s possible to simulate a single machine capable of doing some pretty amazing stuff. That’s what theSkyNet is all about – using your spare computing power to process radio astronomy data. TheSkyNet has over 30,000 volunteers processing data from the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii, and Radio Astronomy data from Australia, but we always need more! Sign up to help at theSkyNet.org.
Classify a galaxy far, far away…
Take a trip to some of the furthest reaches of our Universe to help Australian scientists understand how galaxies grow and evolve. Start your journey through the Universe at galaxyexplorer.net.au.
Black holes are found at the centre of most, if not all, galaxies. The bigger the galaxy, the bigger the black hole and the more sensational the effect it can have on the host galaxy. These supermassive black holes drag in nearby material, growing to billions of times the mass of our sun and occasionally producing spectacular jets of material traveling nearly as fast as the speed of light. These jets often can’t be detected in visible light, but are seen using radio telescopes. Astronomers need your help to find these jets and match them to the galaxy that hosts them. Start your search for Black Holes at radio.galaxyzoo.org