Two Planets Discovered Through Crowdsourcing

NASA frequently invites the public to engage in crowdsourcing data gathering efforts through projects like their Be a Martian game and their plan to give the public input on potential photo targets for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment currently circling Mars. Now, there’s evidence that these crowdsourcing efforts are bearing fruit. NASA recently published a paper that two new planets have been identified through crowdsourcing effort “Planet Hunters” (you can read the announcement and the technical paper at the link, or get involved in Planet Hunters here). Well done, crowd!

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