The citizen science project “Vanishing Stars” opens the skies to the public

A starry sky seen in Thailand.
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Stars aren’t meant to just disappear, but countless bright objects that once appeared in the sky in the 1950s no longer do.

To solve the mystery, scientists have turned to a growing field called citizen science, where everyday people of all ages around the world can take part in research projects aimed at answering genuine scientific questions about our surroundings, be it further Earth or in space. The citizen science project Vanishing & Appearing Sources During a Century of Observations (VASCO), which began in 2017, is delving into the archives to see how the Oldest change.

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