Sunday, April 24, 2011

Citizen Scientists Making Incredible Discoveries

From NASA Science News April 22, 2011

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known," wrote Carl Sagan.
And now you can be the one to find it, thanks to Zooniverse, a unique citizen science website. Zooniverse volunteers, who call themselves "Zooites," are working on a project called Galaxy Zoo, classifying distant galaxies imaged by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
"Not only are people better than computers at detecting the subtleties that differentiate galaxies, they can do things computers can't do, like spot things that just look interesting," explains Zooniverse director Chris Lintott, an astronomer at the University of Oxford.
Zooite Hanny van Arkel, a Dutch schoolteacher, discovered a strange green object floating in her cosmic soup:

Read what it was in the full article at NASA Science News .

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