EVE Online’s new ‘citizen science’ project will ‘refine the search for exoplanets’

Those of you who’ve known me a while probably know that my husband is an astrophysicist, which means that astronomy is a passion in my house, and I’m thrilled when his field overlaps with mine as it does today: CCP Games has announced a new “citizen science” project, whereby it will work with multiple universities and the Massively Multiplayer Online Science group to put players to “work” hunting for exoplanets — not in New Eden, but in our real universe.

“Within EVE’s virtual universe, players will interact with real-world astronomical data provided by the University of Geneva through a fully integrated part of the EVE Online game experience called Project Discovery. Once enough players reach comparative consensus on classification of the data, it will be sent back to the University of Geneva for use in refining the search for exoplanets.”

“In searching for the next dataset for our massive player community to tackle, the stars aligned for players to have the opportunity to directly contribute to the search for new planets with a world-renowned scientific team,” says EVE’s Andie Nordgren.

The project reveal comes on a not-so-coincidental day: Earlier this afternoon, a research team led by University of Liege’s Michael Gillon published a paper and held a NASA press conference announcing that it has discovered a solar system with seven “potentially habitable, Earth-size worlds.”

CCP is no stranger to citizen science; last year, the gaming studio collaborated with scientists from the Human Protein Atlas project to reward EVE Online players for crowdsourcing research in-game. Take a look!

Source: CCP, NASA
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Sally Bowls

However, we read about the EVE soap opera for things like:
Burn Jita 4 (suicide killing at the main trade hub) was going to happen but may need to be delayed due to one of the gankers stealing $10,000-equivalent of stuff, including 15k ships, from his ganking alliance.

Bryan Correll

Bree’s Husband: Wow, what a day. I discovered a NEO asteroid that could potentially impact the Earth in 2137.

Bree: I got to moderate the discussion of an article about a Blizzard executive’s comment regarding Trump’s immigration policies. I don’t think humanity is going to last until 2137.


This is awesome! Gamification to power real world scientific discoveries!


I love this stuff. The power of thousands of networked humans!

It’s like something from a Doctor Who episode.