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Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Citizen Science!


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AlastairG / Creative Commons Our editors have selected some sizzling citizen science projects in celebration of SummerSolstice on June 21. Several are also appropriate for kids of all ages (keep those minds sharp over the summer break!). And...our friends at Mental Floss featured "15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the SummerSolstice," including this fact:

"The Earth is at its furthest from the sun during the SummerSolstice.The warmth ofsummer comes exclusively from the tilt of the Earth's axis, and not from how close it is to the sun at any given time."

Check out the SciStarter blog for updates on your favorite projects and find new projects in our Project Finder!


The SciStarter Team


The NOVA Sun Lab

Help scientists predict solar storms with NASA's data, images and tools. Or create your own research project using these tools and NOVA's supplemental videos.

Get Started!

Museum of Science

Firefly Watch Count and track male/female fireflies in your back yard for 15 minutes a night and contribute to research on the geographic distribution of these favorite summertime insects.

Get Started!


Dark Sky Meter

As soon as the sun sets, the summer night sky offers an incredibly different, sublime experience. The Dark Sky Meter (available for iPhones) allows citizen scientists to contribute to a global map of nighttime light pollution.

Get Started!

Jellywtch MBARI

Jelly Watch

Have you seen a jellyfish on the beach yet? Report it to Jellywatch - a public database documenting ocean conditions. These researchers are especially interested in jellyfish washing up, but they also track red tides, squid and mammal strandings, and other indicators of ocean health.

Get Started!

myObservatory, a citizen science platform, is offering project owners $2,000 in free data services! Find out more.

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