Galaxy classification, crowdsourced

Could the Web change how galaxies are classified?

Galaxy Zoo has crowdsourced the job of classifying millions of galaxies. The Carnival of Space points to several articles about the new site, including one by Oxford scientist Chris Lintott, who worked to get the site up and to keep it up during the first few hectic days when it turned out that the crazy idea just might work.

From the front page of Galaxy Zoo:

Any computer program we write to sort our galaxies into categories would do a reasonable job, but it would also inevitably throw out the unusual, the weird and the wonderful. To rescue these interesting systems which have a story to tell, we need you. 

Can you recognize shapes? Go check it out. It's a great way to participate in science with very little or no knowledge of astronomy.

Hat tip: Centauri Dreams