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Portsmouth astronomers get top honour

Friday January 25th, 2019

Cosmologists from the University of Portsmouth have been honoured by The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in its 2019 Awards.

The Galaxy Zoo citizen science project, a project supported by the University for over ten years, won the 2019 Group Achievement Award

Students and staff from the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation have been involved in Galaxy Zoo over the years – making Portsmouth one of the biggest, and longest, partners in the project.

Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful online citizen science projects ever undertaken, establishing citizen science as a standard mode of data analysis across astrophysics. The Galaxy Zoo team have engaged with more than 500,000 people through their effective outreach and have contributed significantly to our knowledge of the formation and evolution of galaxies.

They have also inspired many similar projects across astrophysics and beyond, through the Zooniverse platform, the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research.

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