Citizen scientists volunteer to collect, input or analyse data to advance research. A global community of volunteers provide people power to an amazing variety of projects, like those on Zooniverse. They can identify animals in the Amazon, help understand the tiny universe in cells, find exoplanets and so much more.
Most recently, people power identified four candidates for the mysterious 9th planet in three days. Sifting through millions of images from the SkyMapper telescope, more than 60,000 passionate individuals identified candidates, which will be verified by scientists.
In Australia, citizen scientists can get involved in research happening in their own backyard, like monitoring coral health, monitoring fish populations, contributing to a biodiversity atlas or counting birds in the backyard.