Citizen Science

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Join our MAS Volunteer Scientific Computing Team and use your idle computer time to help professional astronomers do scientific number crunching.

If you like statistics:

You can click  > HERE <to see the past and current team members individual work credit totals.

You can click  > HERE <  to see the team statistical overview.


August 2012 Macarthur Astronomical Society team created in BOINC.
June 2017 Surpassed 100,000,000 credits.
May 2020 Surpassed 200,000,000 credits.

How to Participate

To put your computer to work while you are not using it, follow these three easy steps:

Step 1. Download

Download the free BOINC project management software and install it on your computer.

You can click  > HERE <   to obtain the management software.

Step 2. Join a Project

Join one or more astronomy projects to run automatically in the background on your computer whilst it has free resources. You control the amount of your computer’s idle resources to dedicate to projects, so it will not affect your computer usage.

Here is a summary of some projects, with a link to each projects information page:

NameDescription & PurposeProject Site Link
EinsteinSearches for gravitational waves from spinning isolated compact objects (such as pulsars) using data from the LIGO gravitational wave detector.
UniverseUltraluminous X-ray Sources (ULX)
Gravitational Waves
Type 1a Supernovae
AsteroidsAims to significantly enlarge our knowledge of physical properties of asteroids.
Milky WayCreate a highly accurate three dimensional model of the Milky Way galaxy, using data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
CosmologySearch for the model which best describes our Universe and to find the range of models that agree with available cosmological and particle physics data.
LHCSimulates 60 particles at a time as they travel around the Large Hadron Collider ring for 100,000 loops (or more), testing whether the beam is going to remain on a stable orbit.

Step 3. Join the Team

Once you have installed the BOINC software, open it and go to the “Add Project” menu item. A list of projects will pop up for you to choose from.

When you have a project running, don’t forget to attach to our MAS Team by going to the individual project website and look for “Your Account”. From there you can enter the Macarthur Astronomical Society Team.

Watch this video to get started:

Further Assistance

Please contact Roger Powell for friendly help on getting started or changing the settings to suit you. ?