Galaxy Group

How would you classify the members of galaxy group Hickson 88?

Sloan Digital Sky Survey

It seems that people like galaxies — a lot. So much so that the Galaxy Zoo project is off to a flying start. According to a press release this week, since mid-July 85,000 people have signed up to pore over images of galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to help classify more than one million star systems.

Unlike other "@home" computing projects — looking for aliens and looking for cures for disease — that just require your computer to run software in the background or while the CPU's idle, Galaxy Zoo needs brainpower. Participants have to make a human judgment to classify the galaxies.

If you don't want to miss out, take the tutorial of galaxy morphology (the scientific way of saying "shape and structure") and join in.


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Trane Francks

August 11, 2007 at 3:14 am

Just a nod toward the good folks at [email protected] <>. That's another project that utilizes brain power to identify potential dust particles recovered from the Stardust spacecraft's aerogel collector. Participants do that by recognizing likely dust tracks through the aerogel.

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