Discover New Worlds!
I am a space nerd. I love space documentaries, books, exhibits, and movies. So when I heard about the Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project, I was thrilled. This project gives the public an opportunity to discover a new planet! Astronomers believe that there is a large, undiscovered planet in the far reaches of our solar system. Normally, they would use a telescope to find celestial objects, but because of the massive number of stars, the computer algorithms normally used are not adequate. The human eye is able to detect images at a fast and reliable rate, but the huge number of images that need to be looked through is too great for a small team of scientists. Fortunately, that means this project has been opened up to the public! The Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 website is easy to use and has plenty of instructions for us amateur astronomers. You can spend as little or as much time as you want searching through the images. Who knows…maybe you will discover a brand new planet! -Annalise Ammer, Children’s Librarian and Space Nerd