Galaxy Zoo Talk

Real or Technical Error?

  • j.houghton by j.houghton

    This galaxy's physical characteristics do not directly fit the Galaxy Zoo classification questions. I am unsure if this photo is of a real telescope observation or if the black/purple colors and shape in the middle were due to some sort of interference or technical error. I saw this in a couple other photos as well. Can someone please describe the nature of this photo?


  • ElisabethB by ElisabethB moderator

    Hi j.houghton and welcome to the Zoo

    Sometimes the software gets confused and thinks a foreground star from our galaxy is a 'galaxy'.

    The colours, white spikes and dark purple/black spike through the centre are all optical artifacts. Just classify as star/artifact. And remember that these classifications will help refine the classifying algorithm.

    Happy hunting ! 😄