All hail the Zooniverse
Congratulations to everyone involved on reaching this milestone! In just a single year, Planet Four represents over 40,000 of the 1 million registered Zooniverse volunteers. (This number just represents the logged-in volunteers. Over 100,000 people have participated in Planet Four to date). Check out the global map of the Zoonvierse community (made by Rob Simpson) to see where all the registered volunteers (including Planet Four participants) come from. If you don’t have a Zooniverse account, you can sign up today.
To give some history, the Zooniverse started back in 2007 with the launch of Galaxy Zoo to study galaxy morphology. It turns out that human beings are the best beating computers at determining whether a galaxy is a spiral or an elliptical or if the galaxy hosts a bar at its center or not. 7 years later, Galaxy Zoo is in its 4th iteration and the Zooniverse now hosts over 20 online citizen science projects which have contributed to date in total over 50 scientific publications. You can see how the Zooniverse has evolved over time in this blog post by the Daily Zooniverse. Although the Zooniverse started in astronomy, it now spans a wide range of fields including projects determining if whales have accents and transcribing World War 2 diaries.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the Planet Four community and thank you for the clicks. We couldn’t do the science without your contributions and your time. The Planet Four science team is working hard to use your classifications to understand the seasonal processes on the South Pole of Mars. Stay tuned to the blog for updates on our progress over the coming weeks and months.