Everyday, astronauts on the International Space Station take picture after picture of our planet earth, and the spacescape they see out their cupola window. These photos are designed for science, and often make their way into the coverage of emerging events: hurricanes, forest fires, and even the emergence of spring flowers. In CosmoQuest's new citizen science project, Image Detective, you are invited to explore astronaut photos, to add meta data about what's in the images, and help identify what the images are of so they can be readily used by scientists, the media, and even kids looking for a cool school project. This talk will introduce you to citizen science, and help you learn how you can be part of exploring our world as you share the astronauts' view of Earth.
Dr. Pamela Gay is an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in science and technology. Dr. Gay is the Director of Technology and Citizen Science at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Through CosmoQuest, she works to engage people in both learning and doing science. Join CosmoQuest as we map our Solar System in unprecedented detail through our citizen science projects, and learn astronomy through media productions like Astronomy Cast. Through this weekly podcast, Pamela and Fraser Cain take you on a facts-based journey through our Cosmos, exploring not only what we know, but how we know it.
In addition to podcasting and getting people doing science, Pamela also works to communicate astronomy to the public through blogging, through frequent public talks, and through popular articles. Her writing has appeared in Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, and Lightspeed magazines, and she has had the chance to appear on TV shows like The Universe.