Examples of Interesting Objects


Feedback from everyone about the Milky Way Project has been overwhelmingly positive. You all seem to love the images and the interface. One thing that is always requested though, is more tutorial examples of the things we’d like you to flag as areas of interest: green knots, dark nebulae, star clusters etc.

We decided it was best to use Talk, the Milky Way Project’s discussion/collections site, to show off examples of the objects you might spot as you draw all over the galaxy. We’ve built collections of green knots, dark nebulae, small bubbles, star clusters, galaxies and fuzzy red objects. The great thing about using Talk to do this is that we can easily add more in as we – or rather you – find them.

All the new example collections were built using the classifications you have made so far. We used your first 100,000 classifications to create lists of the objects most regularly flagged in each category. Hopefully you will find these useful in learning how to spot some of the amazing things that are out there in the Milky Way (and sometimes, beyond)!

A side effect of creating these collections was that I found the image with my green coffee this morning above along the way. It appears to contain green knots, small bubbles, dark nebulae, red fuzzies and a small star cluster. If anyone can see a galaxy in there it’s a full house! You can obviously, also discuss this image on Talk.

If you have comments or suggestions for the Milky Way Project, you can email us on team@milkywayproject.org.

3 thoughts on “Examples of Interesting Objects”

  1. I find the Milky Way Project fascinating and also frustrating. There are often features like large swaths of green or red streamers. What are these? What are the green knots and fuzzy red objects. Some explanation on the tutorial would be at least intellectually satisfying. Also, when I confirm, I am apparently given the option to discuss. However, when I click on “discuss” the next image comes up and no place to discuss. Am I missing something?

  2. Thank you for the Milkyway project.
    I hope I am not marking too many “non essential” objects.
    However, there is no explanation for several points of interest that I have observed, and, in my ignorance, do not know what they are.
    1. Yellow star with red halos, there are quite a few, even out of dust/gas clouds.
    2. Yellow stars, amid a photo of “normal” stars.
    3. I pick out at times, a lot of irregular shapes in the green formations. Am I over doing the bubble markings?

    Thanking you
    Alan Webb

  3. It would be nice to be able to see the annotations of others by clicking somewhere, and even more importantly, if a team scientist marks or approves of annotations, to be able to see that to have an even more definitive “correct” set.

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