The Deeper, Wider, Faster astronomical survey is currently running a campaign (based at the University of Melbourne but involving people from many institutes, including Swinburne) and they are looking for volunteers with an interest in astronomy to assist during working hours (they already have volunteers for other times) for days through to August 7th.

This survey is looking for transient phenomena using a number of ground and space based telescopes and the volunteers will be trained to evaluate incoming images that have been detected by supercomputers and flag real detections for further investigation.

You can give just an hour of your time, or as much as you are able to, and you’ll be able to say you’ve worked on a real astronomical survey and if you’re *really* *really* lucky you’ll be able to say you played a part in a discovery.

There isn’t a lot of public information about this survey but the recent CSIRO “Australian Telescope National Facility” Daily Astronomy Picture has a (more technical) description of the project here:

To participate see your email and look for the message from Ray with the subject “Mt Burnett Observatory EXTRA“, it has contact details for the person who is coordinating volunteer efforts.