Citizen scientists have examined the data from All-Sky Automated Survey done by researchers at The Ohio State University, has found out 10,000 new variable stars in the Milky Way.
Researchers has detailed what the volunteer citizen science project, also known as ASAS-SN has discovered so far. They have found 839,000 classifications of nearly 100,000 light curves and this data will help astronomers to know more about the objects in the sky.
A variable star is a type of star whose brightness changes over time and the light these kinds of stars emit is not constant.
The volunteer scientists had found out some stars which has been previously found out by the researchers of Ohio State and this made it possible for the scientists to define how accurate the research of the volunteer scientists was.
The ASAS-SN’s telescopes has recently received an upgrade which enabled the astronomers to look deeper into space in search of new variable stars, supernovae and other objects in the sky.
The recent project the ASAS-SN has taken is to look for black holes and other phenomena in the cosmos. The previous project data that the group has collected was very useful in machine-learning algorithms.
The researchers have expressed that their main goal is to make the collected data public as they want us to be benefited from all the data. They have also expressed that they are receiving good response from the public as they people want to get involved in these kinds of projects.
The citizen scientists are also helping the researchers to develop the machine-learning algorithm. Their assistance is helping the machine to better understand what data is useful and what is not useful.
The researchers of Ohio State are happy to see that people are using science to make new discoveries.