Space science explores the world beyond planet Earth. Through the process of space science, we advance our knowledge of the universe and open our imaginations to what may be possible.
Space scientists are professionals such as astronauts, astronomers, astrophysicists and astrobiologists. They may be supported by citizen scientists, who are curious about space. They all work in different ways to address questions about our universe, like: How did our Solar System form? Where did life come from? Does life exist on other planets?
Space scientists aren’t just responsible for asking questions. They also develop predictions, called hypotheses. Hypotheses may be proven true or false, by collecting and interpreting data. After conducting conclusive experiments, a space scientist will develop a theory to explain their results. A hypothesis is an unproven idea, while a theory can be used to explain things over and over again. For example, the Big Bang Theory.
Amateur astronomers have always provided key contributions to space science through their observations. However, technicity and specialization have progressively restricted these contributions to a very limited number of super-devoted amateurs. But with the eVscope eQuinox, you too can enjoy the thrill of space and scientific discovery. From math teachers to musicians, retirees to girl scouts, people of all backgrounds are leaving their mark on space with the eQuinox.
Use this powerful digital telescope to travel across deep space and conduct hands-on science – even from the city. The eQuinox can be set up in seconds, and within minutes you’re on an adventure to detect near-Earth asteroids, hunt for comets, uncover distant planets, and more.
The process of space science only begins with your eQuinox observations. The excitement continues when that observation becomes valuable scientific data. Easy-to-join space science campaigns allow you to work in partnership with astronomers at the SETI Institute.
Unistellar’s network of users has conducted groundbreaking research on potentially hazardous near-earth asteroids, tracked comet NEOWISE as it graced our skies, and detected distant planets in other solar systems.
Join the Unistellar network and become a citizen scientist today.