Just a day after astronomers announced that seven Earth sized exoplanets had been discovered orbiting a single star, all of which that could potentially support life,
Real-world astronomical data provided by the University of Geneva will be built in to the game in a new experience called Project Discovery. Players will be asked to reach a comparative consensus on classification of the data, which will then be sent back to the University for further study.
“We were thrilled to see the successes of our first foray into citizen science, in which EVE players have been voracious contributors to the database of the Human Protein Atlas,” said Andie Nordgren, EVE’s Executive Producer. “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. Real people around the world collaborating in a virtual universe to explore the real universe is the stuff science fiction, and soon science fact, is made of.”
You’ll be able to start searching for exoplanets later this year, with a full reveal scheduled for EVE Fanfest 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland, this April.
Source: Press release