About NASA's Astrophoto Challenges

Try your hand at processing images from NASA's telescopes, or capture and process your own!

The Summer 2019 Season has ended! We are currently reviewing submissions, and will post standout entries to the MicroObservatory Challenge and the NASA Data Challenge pages toward the end of August.

The two challenges

NASA's Astrophoto Challenges include two challenges: the MicroObservatory Challenge and the NASA Data Challenge. Enter either challenge – or both! – and the MicroObservatory and NASA's Universe of Learning team could select your work as a standout entry for feedback from NASA scientists!

MicroObservatory Challenge

Capture your own real-time telescope image of , and process it with MicroObservatory's JS9-4L tool.

Then consider how the image you processed compares to an image of processed by NASA.

Click here to participate

NASA Data Challenge

Select any of NASA's images of (available here), and process them with MicroObservatory's JS9-4L tool.

Use all the techniques you've learned with MicroObservatory to process real NASA data and create your best image.

Click here to participate

How it works

Watch the video below to learn more about the Challenges.

Then go to the MicroObservatory Challenge page or the NASA Data Challenge page for more detailed instructions on how to enter either challenge.

General information

Who can participate?


You just need an email address to receive any images you take with the MicroObservatory robotic telescopes.
If you are 12 or younger, you will need to have your parent/guardian do this activity with you.

What do I do?

Find detailed instructions to participate in either challenge on the MicroObservatory Challenge page and the NASA Data Challenge page.

Are you new to MicroObservatory? Check out all the tutorials available on the Tools & Training page.

How do I enter my images?

Submit your images here for either the MicroObservatory Challenge or the NASA Data Challenge.

What happens with my entry?

The MicroObservatory Team and NASA's Universe of Learning will review all of the submissions, and highlight entries that demonstrate compelling and creative image-processing techniques.

Standout entries will be recognized on the MicroObservatory Challenge page and the NASA Data Challenge page. Every standout entry will receive expert feedback from NASA scientists!

When do the challenges end?

The Astrophoto Challenges ended on .

We are currently reviewing all submissions. Before the end of August we will announce standout entries on our facebook page, our twitter page, as well as on the MicroObservatory Challenge and NASA Data Challenge pages.

In the meantime, check out standout entries from last season's Challenges on the MicroObservatory Challenge and NASA Data Challenge pages.

There will be a new season of NASA's Astrophoto Challenges in Winter 2019, so stay tuned!