April 4, 2020

08.05.11: The Zooniverse & the Dawn of Citizen Science.

Hubble zooms in on Hanny’s Voorwerp. (Credit: NASA/STScl).

Galaxy Zoo. Moon Zoo. Old Weather. From galaxy classification to crater counting, citizen science is growing and expanding in a way that no one would have dreamed a decade ago. Like social media in general, scientific information is becoming something that people interact with and share rather than simply consume…and nowhere is this more evident than in the Zooniverse. [Read more...]

03.02.11: Kepler Hits Paydirt.

The number of potential exoplanets has more than doubled… in one press release! Wednesday at 1PM EST, NASA researchers have revealed the latest findings from the Kepler spacecraft. And what a mother lode… Today’s Kepler announcement jumps the number of exoplanet candidates to over 1,200. Keep in mind, that’s potential exoworlds needing confirmation. The results were based on 4 months of observation.

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13.03.10: Galaxy Zoo vs. the WWT.

Students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have successfully merged two outstanding resources into a single, powerful tool. Recently, Microsoft unveiled the WorldWide Telescope, (WWT) an online resource that allows users to browse images and data culled from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. When they looked at classifying the myriad of galaxies presented, they turned toward another awesome resource; Galaxy Zoo, a citizen science project that encourages users to analyze and identify galaxy types. Now, software designed by students Mark Sands and Jarod Luebbert gives the quarter million users of Galaxy Zoo an interface to travel through the simulated universe of the WWT and share these gems with other users in a custom tailored tour. Pamela Gay, of Astronomy Cast fame, laded the effort; “Now it is possible to share these jewels with people who can’t see my screen…they’ve made it possible for all of us to inflict our favorite galaxies on everyone in our lives.” Awesome job indeed, Mark & Jarod!

Science on Your Desktop

Last week’s answer: Our luckless Venus transit astronomer was none other than 18th century French scientist Guillaume Le Gentil. Had he been successful, he would have no doubt been a more recognizable name today!

When nights turn cloudy, we here at Astroguyz head for ye’ ole Internet. The proliferation of online science programs has exploded in the past decade.

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