Monday, February 3, 2020

AI Provides Astronomers with Insights of Galactic Proportions

The gallery of galaxy images astronomers produce is multiplying faster than the number of selfies on a teen’s new smartphone. Millions of these images have already been collected by astronomy surveys. But the volume is spiraling with projects like the recent Dark Energy Survey and upcoming Legacy Survey of Space and Time, which will capture billions more. Volunteers flocked to a recent crowdsource project, Galaxy Zoo, to help classify over a million galaxy images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. But citizen science can carry astrophysics only so far.