While we’re all stuck at home, we’re collectively feeling a decline in our sense of productivity and utility. If you’ve already checked out our list of fun things to do during the quarantine and the productive version and neither one felt “right”, this may be the one for you. Have you considered joining the galaxy hunt?
Galaxy Zoo is another example of a crowd-sourced scientific research project, like [email protected], but it works a little differently. Rather than relying on crowd-sourced computing power, it relies on the public to do the basic stuff. You know, the things that anyone can do because they don’t require technical skill or knowledge but would take up a lot of researchers’ time? Exactly.
Don’t worry, you don’t need a telescope to help either. You’ll get access to extremely high quality photos courtesy of the astrophysicists, and your job is identifying any new galaxies that you find.
This isn’t the first time “citizen science” was beneficial to space exploration. Back in 2018, NASA announced a multi-planet system that was entirely discovered by civilians! How cool is that? That was a different project called Exoplanet Explorers. Both projects are on Zooniverse, however, which is a crowd-sourced science platform.
While everyone else wastes their time, you could be one of the thousands trying to help humanity find its new home. Not a lot of things can be as honorable as joining the galaxy hunt while requiring very little work and sacrifice.