Yale Professors, Lecturers and distinguished guests speak on astronomy and astrophysics: black holes, dark matter and citizen scientists who help researchers look at the stars. Album art image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.
Web Users To Write ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxies’
Yale's Kevin Schawinski talks about Galaxy Zoo, an online project that calls on ordinary people to review and classify images of distant galaxies. These "citizen scientists" have helped Schawinski and astronomers from other universities make important contributions to our understanding of the cosmos. They've now launched Galaxy Zoo 2, an even more ambitious and in-depth project.
"Cosmic Ghost" Discovered by Volunteer Astronomer
Astronomer Kevin Schawinski discusses the finding of a unique astronomical object, "Hanny's Voorwerp," and the public volunteers spurring Galaxy Zoo.
Discovery of the Biggest "Small" Black Hole
Charles D. Bailyn, the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Astronomy and Physics discusses new findings and theories of black hole formation.
Mapping Dark Matter: What it Tells Us About the Universe
Priya Natarajan, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Yale, discusses the development and implications of the recent mapping of dark matter in the universe.