We're empowering the more than 20 million owners of DSLR cameras to become citizen scientists - adding valuable data to an artificial intelligence platform capable of detecting asteroids within seconds.

Onward and Skyward

How To Be Involved

  • DSLR Owners = Citizen Scientists

    You can help detect asteroid activity by turning your DSLR camera into a gathering machine for science. Check out the instructions and signup to be part of The Project NERO photo capture team.


  • Astrophysicists + Scientists

    We're looking for astrophysicists and members of the scientific community to help us validate and improve our astrophotography processes. Your input will help empower and activate our international team of citizen scientists.


  • AI Professionals

    NERO's computational intelligence platform will recognize NEO's from photography provided by citizen scientists. Experts in computer vision, image processing technology and machine learning can help us make this possible.


  • Initiative Partners

    NERO is an open source initiative. From NASA to Cannon, Nikon, and the ESA, to Amazon Web Services, and Yahoo - we're looking for collaborative relationships to helps us protect the earth from asteroid danger.


How this will work

A birds-eye view of the process


Learn about astrophotography and how you can use your DSLR camera to capture night sky images as a citizen scientist.


Download our detailed DSLR Field Guide and other tools to extend your equipment's astrophotography capabilities.


Upload your photos and the system will auto-locate, categorize and attribute your images. You'll get credit and make a difference.


Once our AI platform is activated, your photos will be analyzed to detect anomalies that will indicate a potential asteroid threat.

Who's Currently Involved


Technically Speaking - How Does This Work?

Take A Look At Our Technical Overivew

  • Thousands of Asteroids
  • Waiting To Be Discovered
  • Help Save The Planet
  • Citizen Scientists Unite.

A Powerful Approach To Planetary Defense

Forging The Future Of Astrophysical Collabroation

"Protecting the planet from the threat of asteroid impact means first knowing where they are,” said Jenn Gustetic, Prizes and Challenges Program executive. “By opening up the search for asteroids, we are harnessing the potential of innovators and makers and citizen scientists everywhere to help solve this global challenge."

- NASA "Grand Challenge" for Near Earth Objects.

View the NERO strategic overview.


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The NERO Project is an open source initiative as part of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge.
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