A paper reporting on research carried out with the help of more than 4900 participants in the citizen science project Radio Galaxy Zoo, a member of the Zooniverse array of citizen science projects, has been submitted to a scientific journal: First Radio Galaxy Zoo paper has been submitted! – Galaxy Zoo.
The goal of the project is to take advantage of the image recognition capabilities of the volunteers to classify radio and infrared images of galaxies where supermassive black holes are believed to be hiding behind clouds of gas and dust. Such images are messy and not easily defined in a way that a computer algorithm can properly characterize them.
We find that the RGZ citizen scientists are as effective as the science experts at identifying the radio sources and their host galaxies.
The program recently passed a million classifications by the volunteers: 1 million classifications and beyond! – Galaxy Zoo