Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Zooniverse Update

There's a new Zooniverse project on line today: Sunspotter. Essentially a game of hot-or-not for sunspot data; you are shown two images of sunspot groups and asked which is more complex. That might sound odd at first, but it's really quite easy when you try it - and extremely useful in helping astronomers understand the physics of our star, the Sun.

Sunspotter actually went live a few months ago, but there wasn't much data at the time, so we didn't share the link very widely. Now the results from that first trial have been validated and the science works! A new batch of more than 200,000 images has been added to the site and we need everyone to help us rank them in order of complexity.

You can keep up to date with results and news from Sunspotter on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and the project’s own blog.

Try Sunspotter on line at sunspotter.org: it works in web browsers on laptops, desktops, tablets and phones.


Rob and the Zooniverse Team

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