When non-scientists band together to help scientists carry out their work, it’s called “citizen science.” This “crowdsourced science” is a great way for the general public to get involved in scientific research, introducing them to a level of detail beyond science writers’ interpretations and showing them how scientists really work. Volunteer science is usually not on the top of people’s minds as a hobby, but with many people cooped up at home right now with more time on their hands due to social distancing, and perhaps more scientific questions on their mind than usual, it can be a great way to feel like you’re part of something bigger. Zooniverse is a huge platform allowing you to participate in dozens of these projects, from astronomy to language to history to biology, and connect and converse with your fellow researchers while you’re at it. We spoke with Dr. Laura Trouille, VP for Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium and Co-PI of Zooniverse, and Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase, Astronomer at Adler Planetarium, about the possibilities they’ve seen in opening up their research to the wider world.

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