Citizens Help Astronomers Spot Galaxies Computers Can’t Find
The SpaceWarps project invites people to look at images of space to identify galaxies that bend light around them.
The SpaceWarps project invites online volunteers to look at images of space in search of ‘space warps’ (or ‘gravitational lenses’). These massive galaxies bend light around them, acting like giant lenses in space.
Astronomers hope that this project can help them find rare astronomical objects that computer algorithms tend to miss, and help to train the computers for future searches. Citizen scientists can look at deep sky images and help uncover the role dark matter plays in how galaxies form. One of the leaders of the research team, Dr. Phil Marshall of Oxford University‘s Department of Physics, said: