Image courtesy NASA, ESA, S. Baum and C. O'Dea (RIT), R. Perley and W. Cotton (NRAO/AUI/NSF), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Radio Galaxy Zoo is a citizen science project where anyone can help find and classify supermassive black holes by sifting through data collected by powerful radio telescopes. The best part is that anyone can get involved in the search!
This project is brought to you by a collaboration between the fine folks at the Zooniverse series of citizen science programs and the astronomers at the KG Jansky Very Large Array (NRAO) and the Australia Telescope Compact Array (CSIRO). By combing data from the two groups, a large portion of the sky is covered and available for research.
To begin classifying radio jets go to http://radio.galaxyzoo.org/ . You will begin with a simple training program to get you familiar with the sites controls and mechanics, much like other Zooniverse projects.
The goal is to pair radio sources with infrared sources; some radio contours may not have associated infrared sources, and not all infrared sources are paired with radio sources. By studying as many as possible, scientists can use this citizen scientist classification data to identify different black holes, and begin to figure out the evolution of the lives of supermassive black holes and their associated parent galaxies and jets. As you progress it becomes oddly addicting, much like Galaxy Zoo and related projects.
Good luck-and happy hunting!
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