Galaxy Quest

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey has imaged nearly a quarter of a million galaxies, the vast majority of them never known to astronomy before.  The task of cataloguing them is beyond the capability of current computer technology, and there aren’t enough astronomers to do the job.

Can you help?  If you can examine photographs and answer simple questions about them, yes you can.  This brief tutorial at the Galaxy Zoo website explains exactly what you need to do.  If you need more help, there’s a FAQ, a forum and a blog, and they’re on twitter.


There is no depth so low that a fundamentalist Christian cannot be found to plumb it

“Yesterday (Monday 9th February 2009) the front page of the Herald Sun newspaper reported ‘the darkest hour’ for Victoria. A few months ago the news media should have reported the darkest hour for the unborn, but unfortunately the decriminalisation of abortion bill went through parliament and was passed, thus making many people call Victoria the baby-killing state of Australia…In my dream I saw fire everywhere, with flames burning very high and uncontrollably. With this I woke up from my dream with the interpretation as the following words came to me in a flash from the spirit of God. That his conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb…Can we stop the fires? Yes we can! But it will take God’s children to rally together and repent and cry unto him as in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (The Holy Bible).” -Danny Nallah, Catch the Fire Ministries, February 10, 2009