Citizen Astronomy Month

Stuck at home? Travel the cosmos!


Citizen Astronomy Month features exclusively free, virtual events, open to stargazers across the globe. Activities are designed so that novices can participate along with pros.

Nickname the Asteroid. Defend the Planet.

From Dec. 6-16, you have the rare opportunity to leave your legacy on space!

Visit us on Facebook for the chance to nickname Near-Earth Asteroid 1999 AP10, the subject of first-of-its kind research between Unistellar’s global citizen astronomy network and the SETI Institute. The 2020 Earth flyby is the closest by this asteroid until after the year 2500!

What is Citizen Astronomy?

The Unistellar Network of Citizen Astronomers is the world’s largest network of backyard astronomers. Our scientific partner, the SETI Institute, is a non-profit research organization that looks to understand life beyond Earth.

Our advanced technology and unique partnership enables eVscope users to easily (novices and pros alike!) participate in the process of scientific discovery and contribute valuable astronomical research. Through our network of nearly 4,000 smart telescope users across North America, Europe and Asia, we are gathering data about Near-Earth Asteroids, exoplanet transits, comets and more.

Weekly Celestial Observation Challenges

Discover the mystery and majesty of Deep-Sky Objects such as nebulae, galaxies, globular clusters and much more. New Observation Challenges kick off every Friday.

For details, follow Unistellar on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Stay Cozy While Traveling the Cosmos: Winter Solstice Virtual Star Party

On Dec. 21, join stargazers and astronomy-lovers from around the world for a first-ever global astronomy course, observations of winter’s most brilliant Deep-Sky Objects, celebration of a rare close conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn, and announcement of the Nickname the Asteroid Contest winner.  More information will be shared here in mid-December.

Defend the planet: eVscope and SETI Institute

From Dec 10-21, help uncover valuable information about Near-Earth Object 2020 SO (eVscope required), and learn about the scientific importance of asteroids and planetary defense. Learn more in our Asteroid Program’s Planetary Defense section.