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Dear fellow Zooites,

I'm sorry I have to tell you that this will be the last Object of the Day (from the team) on our forum… :'(

As you may have noticed, this part of the Zoo hasn’t been as busy as it used to be. We’ve seen Galaxy Zoo grow into mother project The Zooniverse, with many different Zoos to learn new things from. The many new volunteers, over a million now, have found new ways to communicate with each other and the scientists. So it seems that the golden days of this Café at the end of the Universe have come to an end.

Unfortunately, this means that we’re going to close the Galaxy Zoo Forum.

The majority of the current moderators team (Alice, Infinity and myself) and Chris as head of the ‘keepers team agreed on this decision. We want you to know that this wasn’t an easy choice. We have thought about it and talked about it for weeks. And we have come to the conclusion that after 7 years it is time to move on.

What does this mean, practically?

This is a two weeks’ notice. We want to give you some time to get used to the idea and to make sure you have read all your personal messages. You might want to share e-mail addresses with some of the other users, so you can continue to keep in touch elsewhere. So for the next two weeks you can still send personal messages.

When we shut the forum completely, we won’t take everything off. We will keep the archives online and you will still be able to access it as a read-only site. This means that it will look the same, but you won’t be able to log in, post anything new, or access your personal messages. You will still be able to read all the old threads and link to them.

If you want to keep up with The Zooniverse and its projects, you can follow the projects on Twitter and/or communicate via the discussion boards of the separate projects, otherwise known as Talk.

We hope you will understand why we feel this is the next logical step and we hope you’ll think back of this place with fond memories.

Remember: “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!”

Personally, I know I will. It’s been a pleasure moderating it until the end. This site has brought me a lot of fun and knowledge and many unforgettable experiences with friends I otherwise would never have met. I consider these people family and meeting them has enriched my life. We made Pea Soup, planned trips together and created the Galaxy Font. I will be forever grateful for having found this place and I sincerely want to thank everybody on here who has contributed to what made this forum such a lovely one.

So long and thanks for all the fish!

Hanny and the team. :)

Object of the Day / Monday 7 July 2014: Happy 7th birthday Zoo!
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:58:02 am »
It's been a while since I did 'my day' (the OOTD posters that took over are doing an excellent job!) but as I was just thinking the other day that the Zoo's 7th birthday is coming round (I believe it is exactly today!) I felt like doing one to say Happy Birthday to all of us. :)

And to ask you... It's been 7 years (!!!) What are our highlights according to you? Could be all Zoo's related, but personally I was mainly thinking of the forum, as this feels like the place it started from. Besides the obvious discussion about my Voorwerp (and all those pages of Just Chat where I found a friend back), I very much enjoyed the Warning Messages thread. Another fun one for me was the Song Title game. I remember an evening where Inf and I were Skyping and we had both written a song down which would be our goal. The first one to reach it won. (Now that's another way of playing eh?!) Anyway, what are your highlights? 8)

As I mentioned here, I have been doing some tidying lately and while I was going over the threads, I stumbled upon a nice picture (which is how OOTD's started out). So here's just to enjoy a Weird & Wonderful one posted back in 2009 by Pmisson. Have a nice day! ;)

Forum Help and Guidelines / Tidying Up
« on: July 06, 2014, 04:05:40 pm »
Hello dear fellow Zooites,

I've been tidying up a bit in here on this last Sunday of the schoolyear. (:o) I deleted a few double threads (yes we had a few of those), I have moved and merged a couple of others (while checking if we hadn't missed any spammers) and I have set some old topics non-sticky (only those who were really out of date).

If you have any questions (or complaints ::) ) about this, please contact me via PM.


Latest News from Galaxy Zoo / Moderating Service Notice
« on: March 01, 2014, 12:54:12 pm »
Hi guys,

Just to let you know: although still listed as a moderator, fluffyporcupine hasn't been on since 2012 and we haven't seen Alice for weeks either. With Infinity on a holiday next week, it's just me dealing with your reports. I will try and respond as quickly as I can, but it might be a tad later than you'd like it. I hope you'll understand. :)


Cafe at the end of the Universe / Meet-up at ASTROFEST 7-8 February 2014!
« on: November 27, 2013, 03:21:06 pm »

Although this forum has been a bit quiet lately, the Astrofest-buzz has been spreading around via various other places, like (in my case) e-mail and twitter. I know from a couple of 'Zooites' that they're planning on going and as I suspect we'll want to meet-up for dinner and drinks too, I thought I should start this general topic for such plans. :)

If you're new to all this, here's the topic about last year's meet and you're very welcome to join this year!! In short: it's basically an informal meet of (amateur) astronomy-minded people from many different places. We wander around the exhibition, go to the occasional lectures and as said, we usually end up in a restaurant or pub together. Don't be shy, we're nice! ;)

The Astrofest website for 2014 is up and it has all the information you need on what, where and how.

Personally, I'm planning on taking the ferry on the Friday night (and taking Steven with me), so we'll arrive Saturday early morning in London. I'm going to book for the Saturday sessions and we'll look for a hotel near Kensington. We're flying back on Sunday, so we'll join for dinner on the Saturday, but can't do the Friday. I'm happy to help organise both though. 8)

Any questions/ideas? Please ask! Also, join in the pre-fun and let everyone know that you're coming please! ;D

While we're busy organising the next Astrofest, we could have another meet-up even earlier, on Sunday 27 January in London. At the Leicester Square Theatre to be more precise. ;D

Helen Keen (who I'm sure lots of you already know and might have seen on Astrofest two years ago) is hosting a show and both Zookeeper Chris and Yours Truly have been asked to take the stage at some point! 8)

There are many other cool speakers too and you can find all the information and necessary links over here, but as I know a few zooites had heard of this and would like to come, I thought to properly announce it here too. So, hope to see lots of you reading this there! :-*

Object of the Day / Monday 31st December 2012
« on: January 01, 2013, 12:56:19 am »
On the last day of the year, here's the Orion Nebula. Twice: by Edd and by Infie.


Latest News from Galaxy Zoo / ASTROFEST 8/9 FEBRUARY 2013!
« on: October 20, 2012, 09:56:55 am »
If I'm not mistaken this time will be our* 6th Astrofest (London), so it's been 5 years since we're going! Who'd have thought?! :o 8)
*If you were not present at any of these, you - yes YOU - are welcome to start participating in the tradition at any time!

The new Astrofest website is live and appeared on various places (facebook, twitter) already. Here you can find details about the exhibition and the speakers. To me this is one of the highlights of the winter season! ;D

So, let's start the pre-fun and organising. Who's going? Friday and/or Saturday? I'll add a poll, even just for fun. As usual, we'll discuss dinner, badges and everything else as well. :)

Hope to see lots of you (usual suspects and new faces) there! ;) :-*

Here's a summary of who's going, what's agreed on, etc. I'll keep updating this first post so it's easy to find back.

Names of attendees in alphabetical order.
The Friday and Saturday 'AF' = attending AstroFest that day. There are seperate columns for the dinners.

V = confirmed to come,
X = confirmed NOT to come,
? = not sure yet.

And then there's the total numbers, obviously, but they can change when people reply to this (I can update the table).
So, you can also still add your name to the list! ;)

I don't think we need another poll, right?!

FRIDAY DINNER: Belgo (Holborn)
SATURDAY DINNER: Bella Vista (South Kensington)

> Last things: I'm sure we'll visit the usual pub (before dinner) with other Astrofesters as well? :)

> Badges: anyone still want one? I have the format, just let me know! 8)

> Personal note: I'll arrive Friday evening and I'll meet you in the restaurant, but since it'll be a bit after 9pm I'll probably just join for dessert. ;D


Picture from here.

The Galaxy Zoo Library / Astronomy books!
« on: October 15, 2012, 08:11:36 am »
Did we already have this cool book in here? ;D

So, due to a weird set of events I'll actually be in London this Monday, 17th of September (2012). Anyone up for dinner? ;D I was just talking to Geoff and Graham about it and as I'm travelling tonight, it's probably best to contact them about a time and place, if you're interested. :) See you!

Forum Help and Guidelines / Personal Messages
« on: September 15, 2012, 05:47:17 pm »
Personal Messages (PMs) are, as the titles suggests, messages between users of the forum that are private. So, we're not going to give you a lot of guidlines on these, but please note that in sending or receiving these messages (from people you don't know):

People's forum status (newbe, junior, senior, hero) says nothing about how much they know about astronomy or how they're related to the zoo. This simply shows how many posts you have on the forum. For instance, someone who chats a lot can be a 'hero' quickly, while I wouldn't be surprised if most zookeepers are not even 'senior' members.

Whether someone is related to the zoo can be easily spotted. If you click on my name for instance, it says 'Global Moderator'. Other 'titles' you may see are 'Zookeepers' (the astronomers who run the zoo) and 'Astronomers' (other astronomers related to the zoo). The names of these people appear in a different colour on the home page, when you look at who's online (at the bottom). Moderaters appear in blue, zookeepers in red and other astronomers in green. All other users are orange.

None of us reads your PMs! However, we do ask you to use the same guidlines in those messages as you would in the public area of the forum. If you happen to receive a PM, which you find inappropriate (if it's spam for instance, or rude), you can also report these to the moderaters team*, by clicking 'report' on the right of each message.

Just to make a few things clear. :)

*Update: if you click 'report' for PMs, they (currently) appear to only go to the Zookeepers. If you want something to be done quicker, it's best to forward the message to either Infinity or me. Thanks.

Want to join me here? 8)

I'll be speaking about the Zoo and Hanny's Voorwerp in no more or less than 20 slides (and I have exactly 20 seconds for each slide!) :o

After that, visitors will be able to try the Zoo themselves. And it looks like a fun event. Do PM me if you're interested! :)

More info here and here. :P

Weird and wonderful / Flying Spaghetti Monster
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:33:26 pm »
Don't know about you guys, but I'm addicted all over again with the new pictures and site launch today.. ;D And I just discovered proof the Flying Spaghetti Monster really does exist! :o The link to the SkyServer doesn't work here (?), but here it is.. 8)


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