At Jovian Vortex Hunter, you’ll study attractive pictures of Jupiter like this one. Credit score: NASA

Assist astrophysicists analyze the beautiful pictures from NASA’s Juno spacecraft!


A brand new NASA citizen science undertaking, Jovian Vortex Hunter, seeks your assist recognizing vortices—spiral wind patterns—and different phenomena in attractive photographs of the planet Jupiter.

“There are such a lot of pictures that it might take a number of years for our small staff to look at all of them,” mentioned Dr. Ramanakumar Sankar, who leads the undertaking. Dr. Sankar is a postdoctoral researcher on the College of Minnesota College of Physics and Astronomy. “We want assist from the general public to establish which pictures have vortices, the place they’re, and the way they seem.”

One other NASA citizen science undertaking, known as “Junocam” seeks assist from members of the general public processing pictures from NASA’s Juno Mission and selecting targets for the spacecraft. Nonetheless, the brand new Jovian Vortex Hunter undertaking supplies pictures which have already been processed by the science staff, making it fast and straightforward for anybody to assist. Categorizing the photographs will assist scientists perceive the fluid dynamics and cloud chemistry on Jupiter, which create dazzling options like bands, spots and “brown barges”.

Apart from Sankar, the Jovian Vortex Hunter analysis staff consists of Lucy Fortson, a College of Minnesota physics and astronomy professor and co-founder of the Zooniverse platform; Shawn Brueshaber, a postdoctoral researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) run by CalTech; Candice Hansen-Koharcheck, a senior scientist on the Planetary Science Institute and the Principal Investigator of the JunoCam instrument; Glenn Orton, the supervisor for JPL’s Planetary and Exoplanetary Atmospheres Group; Chris Lintott, an astronomy professor at Oxford College and co-founder of Zooniverse; and Kameswara Mantha, a postdoctoral researcher on the College of Minnesota Twin Cities with the Zooniverse staff.

To science with this staff, go to the Jovian Vortex Hunter web site. Or comply with the undertaking on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jvnvortexhunter.

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