It’s Time for Winter Solstice and Lights!

Aurora Borealis in Alaska
USAF SrA Joshua Stran

We are finally at the tipping point, the daylight is getting a little longer with each waning night. We have a chance to look upwards and savor the night sky and tell scientists what we can see of it. For more ideas, be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas with Citizen Science!

stars at night

Did you know that 80% of North Americans can no longer see the Milky Way from their homes? Follow Orion’s Belt across the sky as you report on light pollution just above your head.

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redbreasted nutchatch in a spruce tree
Lois Miller

For the 118th year the Christmas Bird Count asks you to step outside and count how many birds you see. Sign up with the Audubon to locate your circle of observation and get out and count!

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boy measuring snow accumulation

How much snow did you get today? Report your snowfall totals with the hashtag #snowtweets on Twitter to help researchers calibrate the accuracy of snow measurement tools.

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total solar eclipse
Igor Ruderman

Sort through thousands of stunning images of the 2017 total solar eclipse to describe what is within each image, then all images will be compiled together to make a collaborative movie about the sun’s corona.

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Outdoor skating rinks are becoming endangered! Help scientists by recording how many days a year you are able to skate on yours or a community rink.

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Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With 1100+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

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About the Author


Lea Shell

Lea worked at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She previously managed education initiatives and authored SciStarter's bi-weekly newsletter. Lea is also a co-founder and co-owner of Essential Montessori, where she designs and hand-crafts learning Montessori-inspired materials for young children.