Armchair Astronomy

365 Days of Astronomy  (where a new astronomy podcast is posted daily during the International Year of Astronomy ’09), had a recent post about ‘citizen science’, or science that is accessible at an amateur level. In addition to many other intergalactic gems, the podcasters spoke about BOINC, an open-source software platform which enables anyone’s PC to assist with scientific research (including the discovery of pulsars!); Stardust @ Home, a search for interstellar dust particles using a special ‘virtual microscope’; and GalaxyZoo, where you can classify whole galaxies by their shape.  Listen to the podcast for more information!