Thursday, November 18, 2010

Citizen scientist FTW

Guest Blog: Don't leave it to the experts: Why scientists have a few people to thank!:

Hanny's Voorwerp

Hanny Van Arkel is a 25 year old school teacher who lives in Holland with her German Shepherd, Janey. She enjoys playing the guitar and loves Brian May. She also found the first ever Voorwerp. Hanny is a citizen scientist.

Hanny’s Voorwerp (voorwerp meaning object in Dutch), is a weird green blob spotted by Hanny in 2008. It is a giant glowing cloud of hydrogen illuminated by light emitted up to 70,000 years ago by a quasar (an extremely energetic galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its center) ...
Via Amelia S.
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