Not long ago, becoming an astronaut was the main dream for people fascinated by space. What if the new dream is becoming a citizen astronomer, directly contributing to space exploration and knowledge? As Unistellar shared at SXSW 2021, this dream is now at hand.
SXSW—the iconic festival with global influence over movies, music and anything interactive—has gone virtual for 2021, and Unistellar is back on the agenda. Initially available only for SXSW attendees, our citizen astronomy talk is now freely accessible.
An esteemed and fascinating panel of experts will guide aspiring citizen astronomers through the cosmos:
- Marc Kuchner, Astrophysicist and NASA’s Citizen Science Officer, about how you can detect Planet 9, beyond Neptune.
- Rachel Knight, an active citizen astronomer from the Unistellar network, about how she is effectively contributing to Planetary Defense.
- Connie Walker, scientist at NSF’s NOIRLab and director of Globe at Night, about how people all around the world are assessing the impact of light pollution and directly contributing to this cause.
- Franck Marchis, Unistellar’s Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, about how you could detect a new planet near a distant star.