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The Universe is a big place... help us understand it.
The Universe is a big place... help us understand it.

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More telescope #artifacts as art, this time with Hubble & ESO's seal of approval: http://buff.ly/1lodaTW
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Astronomy, Galaxies, Citizen Science -- what the Galaxy Zoo Science Team is working on, and your questions!
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We have a new sibling project! Sunspotter asks you to help rate light and dark "spots" on the surface of the Sun, to help us understand magnetic solar phenomena.

This project is so quick and easy it doesn't even require a tutorial. Just jump right in and go -- and thank you!
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Short-but-awesome video: our own PhD student Becky Smethurst uses household items to explain the death of a massive star -- one in particular that, when it finally does die, will give us here on Earth quite a show.

Congratulations to Becky for winning a place at the UK national final of FameLab!
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We mostly study other galaxies, so planetary astronomy is not something we delve into very often. But asteroids are found all over the sky, and they're pretty cool. Here's a bit more information, including the embedded video we posted earlier.
Rocks... In... Spaaaaaace
Rocks... In... Spaaaaaace
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You know those funny blips that look like traffic lights you sometimes see while classifying at galaxyzoo.org? Those are asteroids, and they're all over the sky. Astronomer Alex Parker has taken all the known asteroids seen in the SDSS and made a movie of their orbits. It's really well done and worth a view.
great video visualization of 100,000 asteroids observed by the sloan digital sky server!
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Fittingly, the 1,000,000th sign-up to http://zooniverse.org was there to classify galaxies on Galaxy Zoo.

Thank you so much to everyone who has been part of the million. You have made a significant contribution to research -- and here's to the science to come!
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This was posted on the blog on Friday, but it didn't show up here for some reason.

Ah, well. Love of galaxies isn't just for one day a year. Happy half-price chocolate weekend, everyone!
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We're so close now... remember, if the millionth sign-up to Zooniverse is for http://galaxyzoo.org we'll get a prize! And all our volunteers who brought us to a million will get to see something new.

Plus, the sooner we can pass 1,000,000, the sooner we'll get back to telling you about awesome pictures of distant galaxies. So share http://zooniverse.org with a friend today! :)
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