February 18, 2010 , Note: Friday seminar / the Miller Room, Rockefeller 221 (or Friday 12:30 pm-1:30 pm when so noted).
Chris Lintott , Oxford University
What to do with 350,000 astronomers
Since its launch in 2007, the Galaxy Zoo project has involved hundreds of thousands of volunteers in the morphological classification of galaxies. Project PI Chris Lintott will review the results - which include a new understanding of the importance of red spirals - and their implications for our understanding of galaxy formation. The project has now expanded to include tasks ranging from discovering planets through to lunar classification, and the talk will also discuss the potential of this 'citizen science' method to help scientists cope with massive modern data sets.
Host: Glenn Starkman