Scientists are combing the galaxy looking for stars that could be harboring planet-forming disks. They need your help to explain this puzzling part of stellar evolution.
Using data from the NASA WISE spacecraft, Disk Detectives is a citizen science initiative designed to get the public involved in helping identify stars that could have debris disks around them. These disks suggest that these stars are in the early stages of forming planetary systems.
Tony Darnell and Alberto Conti discuss this exciting new The Zooniverse project with the science team that developed it.