Mar 9th: Backyard Worlds

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Podcaster: Rob Sparks and Dr. Aaron Meisner

Title: Backyard Worlds

Organization: NOAO

Links: www.noao.edu ; @NOAONorth; http://www.gemini.edu/; https://www.facebook.com/GeminiObservatory; https://www.nasa.gov/connect/social/index.html; @halfastro; https://twitter.com/NASASocial/lists/spacex-crs-16-nasasocial; https://www.flickr.com/photos/halfastro/

Backyard Worlds project homepage: http://backyardworlds.org

Backyard Worlds blog: https://blog.backyardworlds.org/

Blog post authored by Backyard Worlds citizen scientist discoverer: https://blog.backyardworlds.org/2019/02/19/the-crystal-ball-white-dwarf/

NOAO press release about Backyard Worlds discovery/relaunch: https://www.noao.edu/news/2019/pr1904.php

Dusty white dwarf Backyard Worlds discovery paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/1902.07073

Backyard Worlds Twitter account: https://twitter.com/backyardworlds

Description: The WISE (Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer) is a very successful NASA mission. In this podcast. Dr. Aaron Meisner discusses Backyard Worlds, a citizen science project that looks for brown dwarfs and other low mass stars in WISE data.

Bio: Rob Sparks is a Science Education Specialist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. A lifelong astronomy enthusiast, he earned a B.A. in physics at Grinnell College and his M.S. at Michigan State University. He taught high school physics, math and astronomy for 11 years at schools on St. Croix, Florida and Wisconsin. He spent the 2001-2002 school year working on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey as a recipient of the Fermilab Teacher Fellowship. He spent the summer of 2003 at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory as part of the Research Experience for Teachers. He has been working as a NASA Astrophysics Ambassador since 2002. He was a member of the Galileoscope Working Group for the International Year of Astronomy.

Dr. Aaron Meisner is a NASA Hubble Fellow at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and a co-founder of the Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 citizen science project. He specializes in processing large astronomical data sets, and is also deeply involved in the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) project at Kitt Peak National Observatory

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