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Visit the Galaxy Zoo today!

August 9, 2007


Chers Amis,

Have you visited the Galaxy Zoo yet this summer? Scientists at the ‘zoo’ seek to  classify images of one million galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-II), with the help from people like you and me.  It seems the human eye is far better than computers at identifying and analyzing galaxies so is training volunteers to classify galaxies from the distant universe via the Internet.  Over 85,000 people have responded, astounding the organizers and at one time, crashing the server.  It is up and running agGalaxyzooain so click here for a free interactive tutorial.  In just a few minutes you will be able to tell the difference between an elliptical or spiral galaxy, recognize ‘mergers’,  ID clockwise vrs anti clockwise spirals, stars -vs- satellite trails and more!  You don’t have to sign up to try use the site, but be warned, you will want to!


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