Citizen Sky arose as a product of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA) project. Aaron Price was appointed to the U.S. IYA Program Committee when it was first constituted in 2006. After about a year of planning, the committee established a Working Group for Research Experiences for Students, Teachers, and Citizen Scientists with Aaron as the chair. The goal was to use the IYA initiative to promote citizen science projects to the general public. The group met for the first time at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific meeting in Chicago—2007. At the meeting they decided to focus their efforts around one project instead of promoting a slate of projects. Many specific ideas were discussed during a morning meeting, but nothing caught the excitement of the entire group.
Price, A., Turner, R., Stencel, R. E., Kloppenborg, B. K., Henden, A. A. The Origins and Future of the Citizen Sky Project. JAAVSO, 40 (2)