Galaxy Zoo: Outreach and Science Hand in Hand

Masters, Karen L. (2015) Galaxy Zoo: Outreach and Science Hand in Hand. In: Highlights of Astronomy, Volume 16. XXVIIIth IAU General Assembly, August 2012. International Astronomical Union, pp. 689-691.


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Galaxy Zoo ( is familiar to many as a hugely successful public engagement project. Hundreds of thousands of members of the public have contributed to Galaxy Zoo which collects visual classifications of galaxies in Sloan Digital Sky Survey and Hubble Space Telescope images. Galaxy Zoo has inspired a suite of similar Citizen Science projects known as “The Zooniverse” ( which now has well over half a million participants. Galaxy Zoo has also shown itself, in a series of peer reviewed papers, to be a fantastic database for the study of galaxy evolution. In this invited talk I described how that public engagement via citizen science is not only an effective means of outreach from data intensive surveys, but if done right can and must also increase the scientific output of the survey.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 09:40
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26

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