Just back from today's RAS Galaxy Zoo meeting, which I gathered was videoed and should be available shortly.
I met Alice and Edd there and went to a bar for a half-time drink/dinner, but had to wait 45 minutes for Fish/Chips, so gave up.
A lot of interesting talks from GZ zookeepers.
I didn't know about this link - http://data.galaxyzoo.org/
During one talk a question was asked from the floor, about the strength of classifiers.
Kyle Willet briefly went over the evolution of GZ1 to GZ4 and showed the decision tree, which decided into which bin, the spiral or elliptical galaxy went.
Kevin illustrated his talk, with literally a Red Herring.
Stevan Bamford spoke about the automation of data analysis.
Interesting talk by Tom Melvin, on Galaxy Bar formation.
Chris gave a talk on AGNs, mainly concentration on Hanny's Voorwerp and other Voorwerps. He finished his talk with a slide "thanking all Zooites for their hard work, especially Hannah, Alice and Hanny"
- A nice touch.
I understand that the June oxford meet-up will talk about other projects.
The following (which could be called a Mini-Meet-Up), contains details of a RAS galaxy discussion meeting, which contains (among other things) a talk(s) on Galaxy Zoo.
This meeting is called a "Specialist Discussion Meeting", which is normally free to RAS members and £15 to non-members (£5 to students), collected on the door - perhaps Chris L. might be persuaded to give out some free tickets. "green peas" and "Voorwerjpies" are mentioned below, so perhaps Hanny might be giving a talk.
The last sentence mentions "preview forthcoming developments", I'm not sure what that would be about.
Galaxy Morphology in the Era of Large Surveys]
The Geological Society
Start Time: 10 May 2013 - 10:30
End Time: 10 May 2013 - 15:30
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by:
Dr Karen Masters (University of Portsmouth, karen.masters_at_port.ac.uk); Dr Steven Bamford (University of Nottingham, steven.bamford_at_nottingham.ac.uk); Dr Sugata Kaviraj (University of Oxford, s.kaviraj1_at_physics.ox.ac.uk); Dr Chris Lintott (University of Oxford, cjl_at_astro.ox.ac.uk); Dr Brooke Simmons (University of Oxford, brooke.simmons_at_astro.ox.ac.uk)
Important clues to the formation history of galaxies can be found in their morphologies. These data provide complimentary information to the star formation history and chemical composition as revealed by photometry and spectra. This meeting will focus on recent results in extragalactic astronomy which used morphological information on galaxies obtained from large survey data.
The sheer size of recent extragalactic surveys had made the visual classification of galaxy morphologies impractical. The Galaxy Zoo project (www.galaxyzoo.org) solved this problem by asking members of the public to help classify galaxies via an internet tool, and has been part of a reinvigoration of interest in the morphologies of galaxies and what they reveal and the formation processes. For example, the morphological information collected by Galaxy Zoo has shown itself to be a powerful database for studying galaxy evolution, with now more than 30 peer-reviewed papers on a variety of topics from the study of local mergers, to red spirals and blue ellipticals, tidal dwarf galaxies, dustlanes, the morphologies of AGN hosts, and the discovery of "green peas" and "Voorwerjpies" and more.
This meeting will bring together a variety of researchers working in the area of extragalactic astronomy, including members of the Galaxy Zoo team, to discuss recent results and preview forthcoming developments.