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'Aurorasaurus' Project
Aurorasaurus is a citizen science project that gathers real-time data about aurora sightings and sends out notifications to users when the northern or southern lights are likely visible in their area. Registered users get location-based notifications and a real-time monitor of space weather activity.

Contests of Earth Science Week 2017
Each year, many science teachers encourage students to participate in the traditional Earth Science Week visual arts contest, open to students in grades K-5, or the essay contest, which is open to those in grades 6-9. The photography contest is open to all ages. In addition, the Earth Connections contest calls for brief videos exploring Earth science. All eligible submissions must be received electronically by 5 p.m. ET, Friday, October 13, 2017.

National Fossil Day Art and Photography Contest
All are welcome to enter the National Park Service's National Fossil Day Art and Photography Contest. Entries should address the theme "The Future of Fossils: People Studying and Caring for Our Fossil Heritage." Artwork should focus on how people care for and learn from fossils. The artwork can be in the form of a photo, a painting, a drawing, or a sketch. All artwork must be 2-D and flat. The contest is open to any U.S. resident. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. ET, Thursday, October 5, 2017.

NASA/IPAC Teacher
NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, gets educators (formal and informal) involved in authentic, original astronomical research projects. Includes some funding for travel. Applications for the 2018 class are due September 19, 2017.

Citizen Science: Help NASA Find 'Planet Nine'
Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 is a new site for members of the general public to assist with the search for Planet Nine, and possibly celestial bodies between the orbit of Neptune and the closest star.

Fly Your Exoplanet on The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
All ages are welcomed to submit a .pdf sketch or graphic to be included to fly aboard the the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) spacecraft while it searches the sky for new worlds outside of our solar system (called exoplanets). In the first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey, TESS will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants and will orbit a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. Submit your request via email by Nov. 20, 1027.

Backyard Worlds: Planet 9
Help NASA find a new planet and new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system. Comb through images to distinguish moving celestial bodies from ghosts and other artifacts using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission. Participants in this citizen science project will share the credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that result from the project.