Crowdfunding Astronomy with Google Sky

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Posted: Sunday, March 1, 2015

Travis S. Metcalfe (White Dwarf Research Corporation)

(Submitted on 25 Feb 2015)

For nearly four years, NASA's Kepler space telescope searched for planets like the Earth around more than 150,000 stars similar to the Sun. In 2008 with in-kind support from several technology companies, our non-profit organization established the Pale Blue Dot Project, an adopt-a-star program that supports scientific research on the stars observed by the Kepler mission. I describe how this innovative crowdfunding program has engaged the public over the past seven years to help support an international team in an era of economic austerity.

Comments:8 pages, 3 figures, submitted to Communicating Astronomy with the Public. Project website is at this http URL

Subjects:Physics and Society (physics.soc-ph); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Popular Physics (physics.pop-ph)

Cite as:arXiv:1502.07393 [physics.soc-ph] (or arXiv:1502.07393v1 [physics.soc-ph] for this version)

Submission history

From: Travis S. Metcalfe  

[v1] Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:02:13 GMT (2518kb)

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