‘Vanishing stars’ citizen-science project opens the skies to the public

Stars aren’t supposed to simply disappear, yet countless bright objects that once appeared in the sky in the 1950s no longer do.

To try to solve the mystery, scientists have turned to a growing field known as citizen science, in which everyday individuals of all ages around the globe can take part in research projects that aim to answer real scientific questions about our surroundings, be it on Earth or in space. The Vanishing & Appearing Sources During a Century of Observations (VASCO) citizen science project, which began in 2017, dives into the archives to see how the stars are changing.

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