How I got here: “Citizen Science with Emily Rice” StarTalk podcast
Citizen science: The collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.
The website mentioned in the StarTalk podcast is Zooniverse – “the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research” with a specific feature on the Backyard Worlds project, which asks users to search for moving objects in flipbooks of images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission in the hopes of finding new brown dwarfs nearby.
I only just now stumbled upon this concept and am in love with the idea of regular people working together for scientific advancement. Nerd alert.