Galaxy Zoo Talk

The future of Galaxy Zoo in LSST, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

  • Budgieye by Budgieye moderator

    A large telescope is to be completed around 2022, which will scan most of the sky every few days. Citizen scientists will be needed to help look at the data, in combination with software. There will be so much to look at that people and computers will work together.

    It will look at all of the sky (including southern sky and Milky Way)

    The images will be slightly more resolution than SDSS, about the same as DECaLS, but not as good as Hubble Space Telescope or the future Webb Space Telescope. But it will look at every part of the sky every few days.

    Located in the Atacama desert mountains in Chile.

    It will image transient objects such as

    • asteroids and comets especially Near Earth Objects (NEO)
    • supernovae

    It will also look at

    • billions of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy
    • 300 millions galaxies
    • dark matter, by looking for lensing of galaxies
    • dark energy, by mapping the clumping of galaxies

    Images will be available using 6 colours u,b,g,r,i,z,q

    Some spectra will be taken.

    Synoptic is derived from the Greek words σύν (syn "together") and ὄψις (opsis "view"), and describes observations that give a broad view of a subject at a particular time.

    Daily Zooniverse: The Greatest Movie Ever Made: Directed by Astronomers: Starring the Universe/ May 19, 2016 " how the Zooniverse will play a key role in the life of one of the most exciting telescopes ever to have been built – The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). "

    website: Science and Technologies Facilty Council "When it starts operating, it will generate one of the largest scientific datasets in the World." "The Zooniverse’s Chris Lintott, member of the LSST Outreach Advisory Board, noted, “We know that data from LSST will contain a vast wealth of exciting things; we’re looking forward to making sure everyone, regardless of their background, can help us uncover what’s hidden in there”.

    Talk: Computers vs. Humans in Galaxy Classification

    website Kavli Foundation: Delving Into the 'Dark Universe' with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
    "Scientists have developed computer programs to automatically look for these strongly lensed galaxies, but even an algorithm written by the best scientists can still miss some of these strong gravitationally lensed objects. Regular citizens, however, often manage to find some candidates for the strongly lensed galaxies that the computer algorithm has missed. Not only will this be great fun for people to get involved, it can even help the science as well, especially with a project as large as LSST."


  • klmasters by klmasters scientist, admin

    Several members of the Galaxy Zoo and Zooniverse team are engaging with this survey and talking about potential opportunities for citizen science with it. 😃

    There's a meeting happening in Oxford this summer which our own Chris L. will be involved in. 😃


  • Budgieye by Budgieye moderator

    Great to hear about LSST developments.😃


  • zutopian by zutopian

    ZK Chris did a related post in below "Zooniverse Talk" discussişon today.:

    Are there more serendipidous discoveries waiting to be followed up ?

    Afterwards I mentioned this GZ Talk discussion overthere! Besides I informed about a recent paper.


  • Budgieye by Budgieye moderator in response to zutopian's comment.

    Thank you for the informative link in both the Zooniverse Talk and Maximizing Science in the Era of LSST: A Community-Based Study of Needed US Capabilities


  • victor_muteti by victor_muteti

    That is amazing, for the first time, we shall have quality images of distant galaxies in the deep southern sky, we also need images for zone of avoidance galaxies if possible


  • Ghost_Sheep_SWR by Ghost_Sheep_SWR

    Here is a great comparative graph for the different telescopes / surveys, created by Dustin Lang (now at DECaLS).

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