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    Doing it wrong until I do it right. xvart's Avatar
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    Wanna discover what's out there? Help the cause.

    Any astronomy buffs out there? I just found this clip at CNN and checked the sight out. To summarize, since there are millions upon millions of galaxies that have been photographed but not described you can help the cause and view some pictures and classify the galaxies.

    Check it out!

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    thats pretty cool, not sure if id trust just anyone to classify though

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    The site talks about how any that have significant disputes between all the "reviewers" are then flagged and reviewed by a "professional." As far as I can tell every photo you view is random so after a while there will be lots of people who have viewed the various galaxies; therefore, if say, 500 people think one galaxy is a spiral and 10 think it's a elliptical the program probably sorts it into the category of spiral. However, if it was more like 200 think one way and 300 think another way then it would be flagged and then reviewed.

    I'm sure they have (or will implement) some safeguards before publishing any information. Additionally, any data they do gather will be explained in their methodology and when looking at the big picture (percentage of galaxies that are X, Y, or Z) the data will not be off by more than a factor of ten; which by most standards would be sufficient for practical purposes. I mean, we are talking about millions of galaxies!

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    I registered and started out. I got 13 out of 15 correct on the trial.

    It so cool to look at different galaxies like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave S. View Post
    I got 13 out of 15 correct on the trial.
    That's how I fared on the tutorial, too! All the pictures are really neat even when they are totally pixilated and zoomed in too far. It's fun when you actually run across a "merging" one! I wonder if I'll ever see the same galaxy twice? Or if I do will I even notice?! lol.

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    That was pretty cool. Very interesting. But it got boring fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozzy View Post
    But it got boring fast.
    Every little bit helps! lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xvart View Post
    there are millions upon millions of galaxies
    I've been trying to wrap my brain around this for the past half hour, and failing. MILLIONS of galaxies, so many that we cannot even begin to know them all...

    I feel kind of ...puny and insignificant?
    -Emily

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