Spitzer’s Citizen Science Zoo Displays New Animals

December 17, 2013 8:50 PM

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Spitzer’s Citizen Science Zoo Displays New Animals

Since 2010, about 50,000 volunteers have taken to their computers to help astronomers catalog star-blown bubbles captured in images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Their efforts resulted in several scientific papers, and a deeper understanding of our Milky Way galaxy and its frothy star-forming clouds.

Now, an updated version of the campaign, called the Milky Way Project, is releasing more images with a whole new set of “animals” to track in the cosmic zoo. Volunteers are asked to catalog a host of objects, including towering pillars of dust, bow shocks rammed into cosmic dust by speeding stars an...

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