BBC’s Chris Lintott discusses citizen exploration of universe in July 19 Lecture Series talk

On July 19, Chris Lintott will discuss how citizen scientists can discover planets and explore galaxies in his Fermilab Lecture Series talk, "How to Discover a Planet From Your Sofa." Photo: Dark Energy Survey

Next week Oxford astronomer and BBC’s “The Sky at Night” co-presenter Chris Lintott will discuss the magical world of the Zooniverse, where people can discover planets, explore distant galaxies and even travel on World War I ships without leaving their browsers. On Friday, July 19, at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, Lintott will deliver a lecture titled “How To Discover A Planet From Your Sofa” as part of the Fermilab Lecture Series.

The Zooniverse is a popular collection of citizen science projects that use the power of human pattern recognition to help scientists sort through millions of images and gigabytes of data. Lintott’s talk will include news of the latest discoveries. It will also explain the progress we are making in determining whether the Earth—our own corner of the universe—is special after all.

Lintott runs The Zooniverse. He is the citizen science project lead at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and a researcher at the University of Oxford. He recently co-authored Bang! with Sir Patrick Moore and Brian May and regularly contributes to The Times about observing the night sky. His work with the Zooniverse was recognized in 2011 by the UK’s Royal Society.

Admission to this lecture is $7. Reserve tickets by calling 630-840-2787. For more information, visit the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series website.