Galaxy Zoo Essay
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Galaxy Zoo is a citizen science project created by scientists Kevin Schawinski and Chris Lintott that enlists the help of normal people to classify large numbers of possible galaxies. Since its initial inception …show more content…
Initially coming up with the idea in the back of the bar Royal Oak in Oxford England, they based Galaxy Zoo on other citizen science projects such as the NASA project stardust@home. Enlisting the support of a few programmers they were able to create the original version of Galaxy Zoo and they then released it to the public. Initially the team was expecting a core of about 20-30 thousand volunteers to be loosely committed, and they projected that the project would be finished in a few …show more content…
Most irregular galaxies stem from near misses or partial collisions between two galaxies.
One of the rarest types of galaxies due to their low luminosity, Ring Galaxies are thought to be created by the gravitational disruption of a small galaxy crashing into a disk galaxy. The spiral disk is forced into a halo shape, prompting new non-nuclear star formation.
Lenses or Arcs
When a masseous astronomical body, like a black hole or dark matter, stands between Earth and a galaxy scientists observe, the middle body’s mass bends the light coming from the studied galaxy so that it distorts the galaxy slightly and creates a lens-like arc. Scientists can correct this distortion in order to gain a better picture of the galaxy.
Knowledge of this process allows scientists to verify the existence of dark matter— mass of which we do not know the composition nor appearance.
Dust Lanes are bands of dense interstellar dust which can run across various plains on masseous galaxies whose rotational speed exceeds 120 km/s. Galaxies with dust lanes also tend to be gravitationally unstable and prone to