Citizen Science

Citizen Science can be a fun way to learn about light pollution while providing data for use by scientists in data analysis. 


Dark Sky Citizen Science Program

IDA Missouri has partnered with SciStarter to offer a collection of "Dark Sky Citizen Science" programs that allow library patrons to participate in citizen science.  The projects help scientists better understand the impact of artificial light on our night sky and life on Earth.

The citizen science program is made available to libraries through SciStarter which was founded in 2014 to improve the citizen science experience. Partners of SciStarter include Arizona State University’s School of Future Innovation in Society, the National Science Foundation, NASA Space Science Education Consortium and Globe at Night. 


Participating Libraries





Our Mission

The mission of DarkSky Missouri is to raise awareness about light pollution issues in Missouri, promote quality outdoor lighting, protect our natural environment and our beautiful night sky, and educate the public how reducing light pollution can lower energy costs.