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Galaxy Hopping

Well, thank the heavens for Bad Astronomy, because, you know, there just aren’t enough ways to kill time on the internet, right?

It took me all of two seconds to decide I wanted to play a small part in Galaxy Zoo‘s quest for one million galaxy classification clicks during the 100 Hours of Astronomy – and if you’re reading this before April 5, 2009, then You’re Soaking In It –  and, as Phil Plait promised, it’s crazy addictive. I stopped after 22 classifications just to come over and bang this out, and then I’m headed back.

So far, this one‘s my favorite:

This is the sort of thing that never ceases to thrill and humble and quake me: Think of it – that smudge, there. That’s a freaking GALAXY. It’s a real place out there. It’s uncounted stars and solar systems. It exists. It’s possible to be there. It’s not just dots or light, but an actual physical occupant of this universe, that galaxy and its suns and possible planets.

I’d better stop or I’m not sleeping anytime soon.

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April 3, 2009 - Posted by | Current Affairs, geek, Science, Web/Tech, Weblogs | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. re:It’s uncounted stars and solar systems. It exists. It’s possible to be there. It’s not just dots or light, but an actual physical occupant of this universe, that galaxy and its suns and possible planets.

    AWESOME summary !! My view is ..in our telescopes we look thru a 1 and a half inch hole and that galaxy , using the words that you used .. in that hole the fuzzy dot is a galaxy.

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW DUDE !

    Comment by NiteSkyGirl Blog | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  2. Just getting up to check the morning email, I couldn’t help but go and classify another dozen or so :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Comment by jrbooth | April 3, 2009 | Reply


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