Since we have now amassed dozens of new Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) discoveries, its time for some visualizations! As part of our ongoing effort to characterize our current discoveries, as well as to prepare to make new discoveries, I have been developing a suite of software tools to organize and classify the measurements we have acquired – both those from our own internal efforts, as well as those contributed by hundreds of the Ice Hunters’ citizen scientists. We have obtained [...]
Holding a vial of moon dust in my hands, how awesome is that? Very, yet holding moon dust was just the icing on the cake-of-awesome that was this year’s LASP CCLDAS New Media Practitioners workshop.
I woke up this morning thinking it was just another Sunday, but it turned out I was wrong. Today was project anniversary that I was about to miss the anniversary of Ice Investigators. CosmoQuest community member RafaelG pointed out on the forums that today was Ice Investigators turned 100 days old today. This followup project to Ice Hunters invited you to explore images from the Subaru Telescope and CFHTelescope. Between these two projects, you have discovered tens of Kuiper Belt [...]
As many of you noticed, the Ice Investigators project ran out of images over the weekend (WooHoo!) and it now has images again (WooHoo, again!). When Ice Investigators was launched it contained data from Marc Buie that was taken with the Subaru telescope in Hawaii last summer. This initial set of 13,626 images was shown to users until every image had been seen by at least 15 people and at least 8 of you clicked “Done Working.” Now that the [...]
Last night community member RafaelG became the first person to have no more possible images to view in the Ice Investigators project. This is a truly awesome thing. And today, many more of you followed in his footsteps! We hadn’t anticipated this would happen as quickly as it did, and as a result, several of you have been hitting the “Image Loading” screen only to have nothing happen. Our awesome interface programmer, Joe Moore, is working as I type to [...]
A new project is gearing up to strip off it’s beta lable: Ice Investigators. This new project allows you to work with New Horizon’s scientists to look for ice in the outer solar system. In 1962 mankind left Earth’s orbit and began a 50 year exploration of our solar system. From Mercury to Mars, from the asteroids to to icy comets, mission by mission we have spread out across space. Only one corner of our Solar System remains unexplored: The [...]