Radio Galaxy Zoo – Help Hunt Down Supermassive Black Holes

Another great program from the crew at Zooniverse and using the data from Australian telescopes! Also check out Pulse@Parkes for more real radio astronomy.

Universe @ CSIRO

Lurking at the core of most galaxies, supermassive black holes sometimes give themselves away through huge jets of radio emission streaming out vast distances into space. We can’t “see” these using optical telescopes, rather astronomers use radio telescopes to make an image of the region. Now you can help astronomers find more of these jets and the associated radio galaxy by taking part in Radio Galaxy Zoo.

Launched today, Radio Galaxy Zoo is the latest project in Galaxy Zoo, a highly successful citizen project that now forms part of the Zooniverse that co-funder Dr Chris Lintott discussed recently. In Radio Galaxy Zoo you will help identify radio galaxies using data from CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array by comparing them with infrared images from the WISE  survey using the Spitzer Space Telescope.

By participating you will help astronomers trying to answer questions such as:

  • How do galaxies form…

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