AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Citizen Science

Volume 47 number 1 (2019)

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John R. Percy
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, 50 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3H4, Canada; john.percy@utoronto.ca

Abstract

Citizen science, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is: “Scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions.” It’s a new name for an old activity, but it’s exactly what AAVSO observer/researchers do.