Galaxy Zoo Talk

What is this very bright looking object?

  • RadioactiveRetard by RadioactiveRetard

    It looks rather cool.


  • JeanTate by JeanTate in response to RadioactiveRetard's comment.

    Welcome to Galaxy Zoo, RadioactiveRetard!

    It's a rather bright star, in our own galaxy. The 'compass points' are called 'diffraction spikes', and are a common artifact for bright, 'point sources' (which is what stars are) in SDSS images.

    The object to classify is a bright spot in one of the diffraction spikes; to me it's an artifact, rather than a faint galaxy that just happens to be in the wrong place ...

    Happy hunting! 😃