|You, too, can Zoo.
Galaxy Zoo project has been enabling
citizen scientists -- inquisitive people
like yourself armed with only a web browser-- to sort through the universe.
Specifically, after a brief training session,
volunteers are asked to use the
superior image-processing power of their minds to classify and measure properties of galaxies in the vast
Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
In its two short years of existence, millions of galaxies have already been inspected by thousands of enthusiastic volunteers.
Galaxy Zoo data,
for example, the universe has been discovered to create
no preferred spin direction, an
unusual and unclassified object was
found that is still being investigated, and a whole class of small galaxies dubbed
Green Peas were uncovered where star formation occurs at an extraordinary high rate.
Further, the Galaxy Zoo may be setting a
for a new type of scientific inquiry where the web helps collect, focus and coordinate human and machine intelligence.
Pictured above, a group of vibrant
found by Zooites demonstrates the diverse
zoo-like nature of many
interacting galaxies in the universe.
Credit & Copyright:
Richard Nowell &