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[OT] Disk Detective: The Newest Astronomy Citizen Science Proje

Sound familiar? The astronomers sorting spiral and elliptical galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) ran into a similar problem — humans could do the job better than computer, but there was so much data to examine that it would take a small team of scientists months or years of solid work to do the job. So they started the Galaxy Zoo citizen science project, which asked volunteers to sort the images in their free time. The Galaxy Zoo team averaged together the classifications of multiple users for each image, which produced accurate classification results even though the users were untrained amateurs who had been given only a brief tutorial. Since then, the Galaxy Zoo team has added over a dozen other citizen science projects in astronomy, biology, and climate science to the Zooniverse website.

»astrobites.org/2014/02/02/disk-d···project/
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Definitely very cool. I want to say there was another project dealing with dips in light (maybe finding planets) that non-scientists could do...
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