Object of the Day is a tradition that began on Day 1 of Galaxy Zoo: a daily picture of one of our 900,000 SDSS galaxies
, often with some news or science or other commentary. The zookeepers began
Object of the Day, but it's now taken care of by a mixture of moderators, admins, zooites and Waveney.
There's no selection criteria; we choose something beautiful or interesting or relevant or otherwise likeable on the day. We sometimes choose them ourselves and sometimes choose something nominated. There are two ways you can get involved:Nominating a picture
Anyone may nominate an Object of the Day. Please send JeanTate, me, Waveney, Edd, Hanny or Infinity a galaxy you like. Anything you'd like said about it is more than welcome. Please give us the reference number of the galaxy, preferably with a picture and link. Please also credit whoever posted it (you may of course nominate your own posting). You can also point us to galaxies (or general astronomy that could be relevant) that you've seen in the news lately.
We can't guarantee we'll use them all, but we'll try. Please try not to nominate too many at once! If you don't see it for a while, feel free to re-send it just in case it came among a massive collection of messages.Writing an Object of the Day
Twice a week, a zooite or perhaps sometimes a zookeeper will write Object of the Day: we have just made Friday and Saturday "guest slots". At present, this is by invitation. Every four weeks we'll write to eight of you to ask you to be on the rota. You don't have to say yes. We'll try to give you plenty of notice. However, you may recommend someone else and you may write to us to request a slot. Let us know what you've got in mind to write about. We immediately found that zooites have wonderfully original ideas for things to include . . .