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Message 5450 - Posted: 11 May 2018, 0:35:12 UTC

TheSkyNet was ICRAR’s first ever citizen science project. Since then, we’ve launched (and concluded) Galaxy Explorers, and will soon be launching beta testing for our latest citizen science program, Astro Quest.

Using the distributed computing power of thousands of computers located around the world, theSkyNet’s ‘SourceFinder’ project used a DuChamp algorithm to automatically tell the difference between background noise and real radio sources in observations from a radio telescope. The project proved that distributed computing is a real solution for processing large volumes of radio astronomy data and may help researchers maximise science returns from the next generation radio telescopes like the Square Kilometre Array.

After SourceFinder, we launched another citizen science project on theSkyNet platform. Named ‘POGS’, it combined data from Pan-STARRS1 (a telescope at Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii) with space-based telescopes, GALEX and WISE to generate a multi-wavelength galaxy atlas of the nearby Universe.

The results of this astronomically awesome distributed computing effort has allowed our researchers to measure the physical parameters (such as stellar mass, surface density and star formation rate) of 107, 985 galaxies! The results of this work will be published soon, so keep an eye on the ICRAR website for details.

As well as processing data for our astronomers, theSkyNet has helped us understand how to involve the community in our work through a citizen science project. We’ve had a great time with it and as we wrap this one up, we’d like to thank theSkyNet community for your time, enthusiasm, and commitment to science. We hope to have you on board for Astro Quest—keep an eye out for it!

Thank you from everyone that's worked on theSkyNet at ICRAR.

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Message 5451 - Posted: 11 May 2018, 12:54:39 UTC - in response to Message 5450.

Lotsa good news.
And an eye out for Astro Quest.

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Message 5452 - Posted: 11 May 2018, 13:25:02 UTC - in response to Message 5450.
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Cool sounds very interesting.

But the million dollar question for us crunchers is will Astro Quest be boinc based? Or is it more like Galaxy Quest?
*Crosses fingers for a new boinc project*


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Message 5453 - Posted: 11 May 2018, 16:25:01 UTC

Nicely done. Congratulations from the wilds of Idaho, USA.

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Message 5457 - Posted: 14 May 2018, 0:00:35 UTC

Yes a well done message to the Troops...

Speaking of which. POGS has our email addresses ...

And another way of saying Thank you would be an email to all of the 2018 Active members when Astro Quest is about to enter BETA test.

Please allow us the honor of creating accounts first and doing your BETA testing so that we are in on the ground floor or leading the pack so to speak.

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Message 5459 - Posted: 15 May 2018, 16:16:56 UTC

Echoing the comments above, is AstroQuest going to be announced to us in some way or simply something we have to keep looking for ad-nauseum?

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Message 5462 - Posted: 18 May 2018, 2:34:52 UTC - in response to Message 5450.

hii what

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