If you love to watch skies and have an interest in planets, celestial bodies, and NASA’s space exploration missions, then NASA has good news in store for you. The US-based space agency has launched a new web portal by joining which, you can help it in identifying new unnamed terrestrial objects and new planets. Titled as ‘Backyard Worlds’, the NASA-funded website is intended to enable general public and backdoor astronomers to detect new planets and stars.
With the launch of the website, NASA is basically focusing on the identification of Planet 9 or Planet X, which is yet far-flung from astronomers and telescopes’ eye. The site is packed with hundreds of mini-movies, captured by a NASA-owned telescope. The web portal will enable Citizen Scientists to join the online explorative mission of NASA and virtually hunt for the mysterious celestial worlds, icy planets, brown dwarf objects, and other anonymous extraterrestrial objects, moving ahead of Neptune’s trajectory.
However, the online space hunt mission of NASA gives emphasis more to the possible discovery of Planet 9 or Planet X. The website – “Backyard Worlds” is programmed by Marc Kuchner, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre. The web portal is crowded with millions of documentaries and short films that contain the infrared imagery collected by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer or WISE. The images were taken by WISE between 2010 and 2011, by thoroughly scanning the vast territory, stuck between Neptune and Proxima Centauri – its closest star. In the short movies, NASA has represented the vast region of the sky, its different angles, and on-going activities in the different period of time.
In the portal, NASA has already flagged the potential objects and has asked the veteran astronauts across the world to help it in identifying the objects. There are also a large number of celestial bodies, which general people are invited to recognise including the potential Planet 9. Space enthusiasts need to sign up on the website to take part in the online hunt mission of NASA.