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First Friday Astronomy: The PERYSCOPE Project: Involving Astronomy Students in Star Formation Research

Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm MDT

Katie DeVine presenter for first Friday series

Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Boise State Science and Education Building, Room 112

The Boise State Department of Physics presents “The PERYSCOPE Project: Involving Astronomy Students in Star Formation Research” with Dr. Katie Devine of the College of Idaho on Friday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science and Education Building, room 112 at Boise State.

Dr. Katie Devine will discuss some of the results coming out of citizen-science, or people-enabled, research examining the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. In 2015, citizen scientists originally discovered — and named — objects known as “yellowballs” in the Milky Way Project, a citizen science program hosted on

Devine writes that, “Yellowballs were found to be sites of massive and intermediate mass star formation and follow-up studies have focused on determining the physical properties of these objects.”

The PERYSCOPE Project, which stands for People Enabling Research: a Yellowball Survey of the Colors Of Protostellar Environments, allows students in introductory astronomy classrooms to measure the light from yellowballs and contribute results to the science program.

Join us in person or online at Those attending the live-stream are welcome and encouraged to ask questions via chat.

After the lecture we will stargaze in Boise State’s observatory, weather permitting. An indoor planetarium may be set up in case stargazing is not an option.
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This event is free and open to the public.