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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Galaxy Catalog


The effort was huge but we have a new catalog thanks to volunteer citizen scientist
"Researchers publish enormous catalog of more than 300,000 nearby galaxies.
More than 83,000 volunteer citizen scientists. Over 16 million galaxy classifications. Information on more than 300,000 galaxies. This is what you get when you ask the public for help in learning more about our universe.
The project, named Galaxy Zoo 2, is the second phase of a crowdsourcing effort to categorize galaxies in our universe. Researchers say computers are good at automatically measuring properties such as size and color of galaxies, but more challenging characteristics, such as shape and structure, can currently only be determined by the human eye.
This catalog is 10 times larger than any previous catalog of its kind. It is available online  and a paper describing the project and data was published today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society." +Betty Bee (on G+)
For the catalog
http://data.galaxyzoo.org/

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