Journal Article

Galaxy Zoo 1: data release of morphological classifications for nearly 900 000 galaxies*

Chris Lintott, Kevin Schawinski, Steven Bamford, Anže Slosar, Kate Land, Daniel Thomas, Edd Edmondson, Karen Masters, Robert C. Nichol, M. Jordan Raddick, Alex Szalay, Dan Andreescu, Phil Murray and Jan Vandenberg

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 410, issue 1, pages 166-178
Published in print January 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online December 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17432.x
Galaxy Zoo 1: data release of morphological classifications for nearly 900 000 galaxies*

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Morphology is a powerful indicator of a galaxy’s dynamical and merger history. It is strongly correlated with many physical parameters, including mass, star formation history and the distribution of mass. The Galaxy Zoo project collected simple morphological classifications of nearly 900 000 galaxies drawn from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, contributed by hundreds of thousands of volunteers. This large number of classifications allows us to exclude classifier error, and measure the influence of subtle biases inherent in morphological classification. This paper presents the data collected by the project, alongside measures of classification accuracy and bias. The data are now publicly available and full catalogues can be downloaded in electronic format from http://data.galaxyzoo.org.

Keywords: methods: data analysis; galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD; galaxies: general; galaxies: spiral

Journal Article.  6078 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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