Science isn't done in a vacuum. In addition to the famous "standing on the shoulder of giants" analogy, science is also collaborative. This is becoming even more so as scientists specialize in narrower fields and the Internet makes communication much more efficient. My latest paper in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific had 22 coauthors! There are many different phases of this project and each takes a different skill set. Some people can do it all alone, but most people will want to share the load with others.
Citizen Sky is a big project with big ambitions and asking big questions. I'd like to take a few posts and outline what Citizen Sky is and is not. In this first post I'll describe the plans for training.
Citizen Sky is a three-year project with two goals. The science goal is to gather data and ideas from citizen scientists to help unravel the mystery of epsilon Aurigae. The education goal is to involve citizen scientists in authentic scientific research and make them real scientists. Participants are not helping scientists, they are scientists.
So we want participants to experience all phases of the scientific process. This begins with training ...Read more