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Volunteers Aid Astronomers In Mapping, Classifying Galaxies
2012-09-11 08:57:30

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The heavens above are littered with trillions and trillions of stars packed into hundreds of  billions of galaxies that are being painstakingly mapped out by astronomers. The Galaxy Zoo project also incorporates the help of volunteers to map, and classify, the galaxies that have been found via the hundreds of thousands of telescope images. While most of these galaxies take on the classic spiral or elliptical shape, some have...

Scientists Study 'Galaxy Zoo' Using Google Maps An Thousands Of Volunteers
2011-11-04 03:01:42

The reddest galaxies with the largest central bulb show the largest bars -gigantic central columns of stars and dark matter-, according to a scientific study that used Google Maps to observe the sky. A group of volunteers of more than 200,000 participants of the galaxy classification project Galaxy Zoo contributed to this research. More than two thirds of spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way, display a central bar that can extend for thousands of light years. These colossal...

2011-04-25 08:40:00

By Dauna Coulter - Science@NASA "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known," wrote Carl Sagan. And now you can be the one to find it, thanks to Zooniverse, a unique citizen science website. Zooniverse volunteers, who call themselves "Zooites," are working on a project called Galaxy Zoo, classifying distant galaxies imaged by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.1 "Not only are people better than computers at detecting the subtleties that differentiate galaxies, they can do things...

2009-11-25 13:37:38

Astronomers on behalf of Galaxy Zoo have unveiled a new game aimed at letting players help them understand how galaxies have formed. The game involves images taken by a camera attached to a telescope in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Game participants are asked to match simulations of colliding galaxies, called galactic mergers. Astronomers say the human brain is much more reliable than even the fastest computer at classifying the shapes of colliding galaxies. The project is led by scientists...

2008-08-06 08:45:00

Even though it was discovered by a Dutch primary school teacher it's not a fairytale, in fact, it's a "cosmic ghost" that could possibly represent a new class of astronomical objects. While volunteering with the Galaxy Zoo project - which enlists the public to help classify galaxies online - the 25 year old teacher Hanny van Arkel, discovered the strange, gaseous object with a hole in the middle. "At first, we had no idea what it was. It could have been in our solar system, or at the edge...

Word of the Day
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).