Calling all space enthusiasts: you can help physicists & astronomers by tracking storms on the Sun! Using data from the cameras aboard the two STEREO spacecraft orbiting the sun, movies have been placed on the galaxyzoo forum to bring in support from amateur astronomers. The identification tool is currently in the beta version and can be found here.
A movie narrated by Chris Davis from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) to demonstrate the kind of phenomena amateur astronomers will be asked to identify is here, on YouTube.
Those of you in the UK may be interested to know that this project, which is led by the team at RAL, has the support of the Greenwich Observatory who have set up a solar storm season to mark the start of this project. An exhibition opens Saturday, 6th February. Details can be found here.
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