Astronomers need your help in the classification of hundreds of thousands of new galaxies





Modern telescopes astronomers to create a lot of headaches. And the question now is not about technical faults, which, let’s face it, can face every single technical means. The fact that space telescopes are doing an incredible amount of new images of galaxies to be subsequently classified. This routine process takes time. A lot of the time. But there is a solution! Why not ask for help in solving this issue ordinary citizens? Thus in 2007, the network has a project Galaxy Zoo.

The original project has been so successful that by the time of re-accumulation of a huge number of new images of deep space, astronomers decided to launch in 2009, the project Galaxy Zoo 2, which has been running for 14 months. The team standing behind him (which consisted mainly of scientists from various universities around the world) decided to open the data access Zoo 2 to absolutely everyone. 84,000 volunteers, a total of 300,000 galaxies studied, suggesting with more than 16 million classifications.


How does it work? Very simple! Anyone wanting even to the person for whom astronomy is just one of the new newly learned words, show the picture of the new galaxy discovered and ask a series of questions about what the distinctive features of a person can be noted in the picture: Does the galaxy spiral twist, whether it a pronounced bulge (core) or it does not exist at all, and may even, in the opinion of the person is a regular artifact image. In this case, each item has its tip with a clear example. In this way, each image was analyzed by an average of about 44 people, which allows scientists to more or less be sure that the galaxy then get the correct definition.

Scientists say that computers do not yet have the ability to determine the physical eye shapes of galaxies, as can a man. Therefore, the data obtained as a result of this joint analysis did show a high degree of accuracy.

If you want to participate in this project, we advise you to go to this link . At the moment, astronomers need to classify the most distant galaxies, which were filmed by space telescope “Hubble”. However, there is one problem – the site entirely in English. However, anyone with even the entry-level knowledge of the language without any problem in it all out. In a pinch you can use Google Translate. But in this way will be able to attach itself to the caste of astronomers.
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