WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Planet Four

Last night saw the end of yet another successful run for Stargazing Live, the BBC astronomy programme that’s gone a long way to making science a bit sexier.

Presented by comedian Dara Ó Briain and Professor Brian Cox, it spent another three nights starring into the night skies and introducing a new generation to the idea that science can be entertaining.

And one major beneficiary of the series is planetfour.org.

Right now, we know more about Mars than we would ever have thought possible. But that’s still doesn’t mean we know very much.

This is one of several “citizen science projects” and they're looking for people to help them explore the surface of the Red Planet.

The surface of Mars has been well photographed, and here you can help them to identify features on the planet’s surface using your screen and mouse.

It’s a great way of taking scientific discovery to the masses, and it’s strangely addictive once you get going.

To infinity and beyond...

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