Andromeda Project Unlocks the Mysteries of Another Galaxy with Your Help

By: Anthony Edward Geremia - Dec 11, 2012
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If you ever dreamed of being an astronomer, or exploring the depths of space, then here's your chance. The Andromeda Project was started by scientists from the Panchromatic Hobble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) trying to gather as much data on the far-off galaxy as they could.

Using high-res imagines from the Hubble Space Telescope, the team is trying to locate star clusters and background galaxies in order to understand the galaxy better.
The crowd-sourcing for the project comes from using volunteers to pick these points of interest out using their browsers. Like it or not, a computer still lacks the intuition to properly pick them out, and only human eyes can get the job done.

Volunteers can head to the project site, and are warned we're technically on a time limit, since we're supposed to collide with the thing in about 4.5 billion years.

Implications - Social media and internet crowd sourcing can be developed for scientific pursuits rather than economic and business ones.