“The dataset is just too big for any individual or small team to plough through – but we have already reached almost 60% completeness” said Dr Banfield.
Their discovery has now been published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society with the two volunteers included as co-authors.
Through big projects such as Radio Galaxy Zoo, citizen science has established itself as a powerful research tool for astronomy, especially looking at the future challenges such as the EMU survey in Australia – the “Evolutionary Map of the Universe” with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) – and MeerKAT MIGHTEE in South Africa.
Dr Julie Banfield (ANU)
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Dr Anna Kapinska (CAASTRO/ICRAR-UWA)
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Dr Ivy Wong (ICRAR-UWA)
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