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Help to Classify Galaxies

Added by HelpFromHome, on behalf of GalaxyZoo

Computer technology hasn’t quite reached the level of the human brain and eye yet. The following project requires the use of a human eye to spot or detect something that today’s computer software are not capable of achieving.

The Galaxy Zoo project contains photos of almost a quarter of a million galaxies which have been imaged with a camera attached to a robotic telescope (the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, no less than). In order to understand how these galaxies formed, they need your help to classify them according to their shapes - a task at which your brain is better than even the fastest computer.

Briefly how it works, is that you will be shown an image of a galaxy and then be asked a series of questions about it. All you need to do is to look for features that mark out different types of galaxy and answer the questions as well as you can. So far, more than 250,000 people have taken part in the Galaxy Zoo project, having produced a wealth of valuable data and in the process sending telescopes on Earth and in space chasing after discoveries made by people just like you.

Ever wanted to become a star? Well, classifying one maybe the next best thing!

Time taken: Approx 10 - 20 minutes
Impact: Helps scientists to create a better understanding of the universe we live in
Cost: Nothing
Location: From anywhere in the UK / World

This action was brought to you by Help From Home. Please note, it has no connection with this opportunity.