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Abstract Title: Dark Energy Explorers - Using Citizen Science to enhance the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX)
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: We present a citizen science campaign, Dark Energy Explorers, aiming to improve the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX). HETDEX will collect at least one million galaxies that are 9 - 11 billion light-years away, yielding one of the largest maps of the universe. We created Dark Energy Explorers on Zooniverse, the world's largest citizen science platform to help us classify these astronomical objects. With Dark Energy Explorers we train participants, of any background, to be able to distinguish different galaxies by swiping left or right on their smartphone. Initial analysis has shown that citizen science is an efficient and effective tool for classification most accurately done by the human eye. Since launching in late February 2021, we have reached 3.5 million classifications by 8,000 volunteers in 80 countries! Dark Energy Explorers has proven to be a uniquely powerful tool for science advancement and increasing accessibility to science worldwide.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-7

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lindsay R House
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78751
Phone: 8285459275
and Co-Presenter(s)
Keely Finkelstein, University of Texas Austin
Karl Gebhardt, University of Texas Austin