(Post by Kate, crossposted from Kissing Corporal Kate)
A great big peek above our garters to Dr. Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer for his helpful post about the Galaxy Zoo website. (Plus I’ve been dying to use this image and it’s perfect for this!)
So you’re addicted to Galaxy Zoo, and while identifying galaxies hither and yon you found some killer cool galaxy image. Did you discover something new? Could this be the scientific breakthrough of all time?
Probably not. But it’s still wicked nifty, and you want to find out more. What to do?
Actually, it’s not too hard. What you need to find out is the name of the galaxy — really, the catalog number. If the galaxy is bright/big enough, it’ll be in some catalog like the New General Catalog or the Uppsala Galaxy Catalog.
If you haven’t visited the Galaxy Zoo yet (direct link to the Galaxy Zoo here), I highly recommend it. It’s a website that allows you and I, the average Jane and Joe, to assist astronomers in sifting through the terrabytes of images that are being collected. There’s so much stuff coming in these days that Astronomers just can’t sort it all.
Help science, and look at pretty space pictures. What could be more fun in your underwear? OK, BESIDES that! Seriously, mucho coolio funno.
Read the BA’s step by step instructions and there’s some more helpful hints and some beautiful finds in the comments there, so don’t skip ’em.
(NOTE: We’re still working on killing the spam trojan. We want to be sure it’s gone before we ask to be removed from the blacklists. So we still can’t comment over there. I hope he doesn’t think we don’t love him any more.)
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