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Aubrey Henretty
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Aubrey Henretty is the Adler’s Senior Writer. Her work has appeared on the walls of the museum, in your inbox (and your mailbox), in podcasts, on billboards and city buses, on your screens, and in live storytelling shows around Chicago.

Show Earth A Little Love With Adler Zooniverse

A person looking at a large blue, green, and brown rotating model of the Earth behind a curved table that is lit up with exhibit information.

Header Image: Rotating Earth model seen in the Adler Planetarium’s Our Solar System exhibit. March 2022.

Every planet in our solar system has its charms. Jupiter’s a great one if you’re into enormously destructive storms that have been raging for hundreds of years. Saturn has those pretty rings. But if you enjoy breathing, eating, and napping in a location that is not actively trying to kill you at every moment of your life, Earth is clearly the best planet in our cosmic neighborhood.

Earth’s human-friendly climate is a huge selling point for this pale blue dot, but if humans like us don’t take action, our home will get warmer, stormier, and significantly less friendly in the coming century. 

YOU can protect your napping habitat RIGHT NOW with Adler Zooniverse!

With your help, real scientific research teams can learn more about our changing climate and the history (and future) of life on Earth. You don’t need any special training to join one of these projects—just the screen you’re reading this on and a passion for our favorite planet.

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Meteorology at the End of the World

Studying weather data from the past will help scientists understand how Earth’s climate has changed over time and may offer hints about how it can change in the future. Help the team recover and digitize weather records from Argentine Navy ships, lighthouses, railway stations, and other sources.

Science Scribbler: Key2Cat

Earth is getting warmer, but how much warmer it gets will depend on the kind and amount of energy we use to power our lives. Making energy more efficiently can help us use less and give our planet a chance to recover. Join this project to help the team understand how nanoparticles can make chemical reactions (like the ones we use to generate power) more efficient!

Weather Rescue at Sea

How much has the surface temperature of Earth changed since the industrial revolution began? Join this project to help figure it out! You and your fellow volunteers will digitize weather observations from historical ship logbooks, station records, weather journals and other sources. The data you digitize will help scientists understand how human activity has changed Earth’s climate so far and build better models of how our choices might change the climate in the future.

More Climate Research Projects You Can Get Involved In

Adler Zooniverse Citizen Science Platform
Image Caption: Adler Zooniverse Citizen Science Platform

Are the climate change projects listed here out of data already? No sweat—we’ve got several climate change related research projects you can get involved in for Earth Day!

Learn More About Adler Zooniverse

Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research, aka citizen science! Researchers need volunteers (that’s you) to assist in processing large sets of data for projects across a variety of different topics like art, biology, climate, history, language, literature, medicine, nature, physics, social science, and space.

You don’t need any specialized background, training, or expertise to participate in Zooniverse projects and finding a project you’re passionate about helping is easy. Just ask the other 2.4 million Zooniverse citizen scientists! All you need to contribute to real academic research is a curious mind, a willingness to learn, and a computer or phone.

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Aubrey Henretty
Senior Writer

Aubrey Henretty is the Adler’s Senior Writer. Her work has appeared on the walls of the museum, in your inbox (and your mailbox), in podcasts, on billboards and city buses, on your screens, and in live storytelling shows around Chicago.

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