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NASA Meteor Counter App Enlists Everyone to Discover Space

 - Aug 17, 2012
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The NASA Meteor Counter app banks on the smartphone power to help collect data on these celestial celebrations.

Now that smartphone technology is advancing, much of the population is armed with a considerably powerful device. Companies have leveraged the social media usage encouraged by these devices to build bigger fan bases, and NASA has caught on in a big way. With a cell phone, anything is easily recorded and then uploaded immediately to Youtube. Following the same rationale, NASA wants to synthesize observations made by as many people as possible during a meteor shower. The app features a meteor counting function as well as voice-recording capability, giving you the chance to add extra notes without having to type and miss the show.

People often say "there’s an app for that," but few would never have guessed there would be one that enabled you to become an amateur NASA researcher.