Today, as part of Microvolunteering Wednesday, we feature an opportunity found on Help From Home, a microvolunteering opportunity portal. If you’re intrigued by space or just like a fun game whenever one comes along, then have a look.
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 galaxies and answer the questions as well as you can. So far, hundreds of thousands of 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
Anyone tried it yet? We did, lots of fun... Let us know what you think of it in the comments below...