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NASA wants your help to identify images taken in space

NASA wants your help to identify images taken in space
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Have you ever dreamed of working for NASA? I don't blame you. Think how exciting it must be to help push the boundaries of human knowledge.

Well, there is a way you can help NASA, and it doesn't even require a degree in science.

NASA has a catalog of 1.8 million photos of the Earth that could help scientists understand more about light pollution, but it needs your help to sort through them all.

The algorithms NASA uses to sort the photos has trouble telling the difference between bright objects like cities, stars and the moon in nighttime photos. So, it needs you to go through the photos instead. There are three different tasks you can get to from the Cities at Night homepage.

The first one is called Cities at Night, or Dark Skies ISS, and it asks you to look at photos the algorithms can't handle and let NASA know if they are pictures of cities, stars, auroras or empty space.

Once the photos of cities are separated, you can access the Lost at Night application to try and figure out which cities are in each photo. This is a good task for geography buffs because you've got to recognize the shapes of countries and continents.

NASA saves the hardest task for last. Night Cities ISS asks you to georeference cities using longitude and latitude coordinates. The researchers don't just need to know which area they're looking at. They need to know exactly which parts, too.

This is a great opportunity to participate in a very cool study and see some amazing photos from space in the process. And, it can even be a lot of fun. It's like the world's biggest jigsaw puzzle!

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