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Do It Ourselves Science - The Irregulars Project
« on: December 09, 2008, 03:18:15 pm »
The Irregular galaxy project is a zooite run project, blessed by Chris.  What is it about, how can you help?

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There are thousands of irregular galaxies out there, some small and insignificant, others brights and dazzling.  We have gathered them here in the forum, but none of the professional astronomers behind the Zoo is currently looking at them.  This is a large group of galaxies, can we find anything about them?   The largest study of irregulars to date looked at 161 of them, we have thousands...

Compact

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Sprawling

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Star forming clumps

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Bar?

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Core?

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Arms?

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On its own

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A friend?

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The first way to help is to join the classification.  We are asking 9 questions about each image from is it irregular? To can you see any spiral structure?   This like most Zoo projects is purely visual classification.

The images include many possibles, duplicates and some not irregular at all.  So the first part is to help eliminate the non-irregulars and duplicates.  Then we are building up data on the irregulars.

Data will be released so anybody and everybody can look at it and try their own analysis.  Some draft data (web page or as a CSV table) is available now, but it does not currently have enough clicks to generate good research on yet, but it does allow people to build up models.   Joining in the analysis or data presentation is another way you can help.  I have integrated the draft data with SDSS (under CasJObs) so advanced searches can look at both what we have found and the original SDSS data on the objects (e.g. colour and size info).

A special mention must be given to Lovethetropics, who is adding thousands of images to our data set.  (Others are also welcome to help find more).

Do this well, and we will have a proper scientific proper paper with Zooite names as authors 1,2,3...  Chris says he is happy to act as supervisor.

This topic is for news about the project, to report irregulars please use the existing topic in Stunning Sights.  To ask questions about classification about a specific object use the existing topic in Analysis Tips.

Join in, classify and enjoy.
« Last Edit: September 10, 2009, 08:15:47 pm by waveney »
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Re: Do It Ourselves Science - The Irregulars Project
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2008, 04:06:43 pm »
Stickied ;D

Go Waveney and the irregulars! I will try to do some more classifications - I find them a bit fiddly and it's a bit hard for my eyes . . . but what's a bit of eyestrain compared to this excitement?

Anyone got any hypotheses? I'd be interested to know if the presence of nearby galaxies has an effect on them - disruption, star formation, or available gas or what have you . . .

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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2008, 06:23:59 pm »
Awesome, and good luck guys!

If you need help with anything, I'd be glad to be of service.  :)

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2008, 08:00:33 pm »
Good call waveney. :D There are currently around 7,000 irregulars to classify and it's a bit different from GZ1 and GZ2. I find it fascinating. A zooite led paper would be fantastic but it won't happen without the clicks! ;)

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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2008, 09:22:13 pm »
I agree with Jules...what we really need now is the clicks...
 
Zooites please help us with your clicks!  It's fun and thrilling to see all those galaxies!  ;D ;D

 *and find lots of asteroids  ;D

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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2008, 10:48:49 pm »
Great stuff, Waveney, I will get some more clicks in. I have some ideas, too :)
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Re: Do It Ourselves Science - The Irregulars Project
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2008, 08:14:09 pm »
Hi Waveney

This looks interesting I will be here for a long time tomorrow and many days after that!

 ;D

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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2008, 09:00:46 pm »
Hi Waveney

This looks interesting I will be here for a long time tomorrow and many days after that!

 ;D


Thank you Mark!!  We really need your help!

 *and find lots of asteroids  ;D

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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2008, 10:57:54 pm »
OK Aida

I have already done some and will do some more tomorrow!

i Just need to get another PC Mouse as this one is Giving up the ghost to much Clicking on stuff has killed it!

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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2008, 11:20:08 pm »
OK Aida

I have already done some and will do some more tomorrow!

i Just need to get another PC Mouse as this one is Giving up the ghost to much Clicking on stuff has killed it!

Yes, get yourself another mouse and start clicking...I killed a wireless mouse once...it wasn't pretty!
I stomped on it a few times and it was truly dead. :D  The problem was that it was only half-dead and I was expecting it to get better or something... ;D

 *and find lots of asteroids  ;D

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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2008, 04:53:33 pm »
I have clicked a bit more today but my hand didnt want to play.

So I have been doing as the DR orderd a little bit but not much keep the fingers moving but do not Kill them with to much action for a week or so!

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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2008, 04:58:24 pm »
Thankyou for helping, every click counts.
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« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2008, 05:05:33 pm »
I try, but each one seems to take ages. It's a real struggle to get my mouse in precisely the right place over the tickboxes! :'(

But it's worth it, because I love the thought of a zooite-led project!

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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2008, 06:27:12 pm »
I have clicked a bit more today but my hand didnt want to play.

So I have been doing as the DR orderd a little bit but not much keep the fingers moving but do not Kill them with to much action for a week or so!

Thank you so much Mark!  ;D ;D ;D

Thank you Alice...I know you're a very busy person and we appreciate your clicks A LOT!   ;D ;D ;D

 *and find lots of asteroids  ;D

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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2008, 07:03:41 pm »
This seems a little mean, in the middle of the project, but I was wondering if there's any chance we could add a button for disruption. This one, for instance, is clearly not a merger, but it sure isn't disrupted. I'd be interested in the effects of the local environment on, for instance, how many starforming clumps there are and how many features there are.


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