This is an update to a previously-published journal entry here in DPRI AmSci Journal on the exciting discovery of a new galactic “something-er-other” seen for the very first time by none other than a school teacher from the Netherlands.

Hanny van Arkel has been getting quite a bit of attention lately (just check out her Google search!) with her interesting observation while reviewing and classifying images of galaxies on Galaxy Zoo. The Hubble Space Telescope is also scheduled to focus in on the odd object next year.

Read the following feature from CNN, which does a nice job presenting the growing contributions of citizen scientists.

Watch Out World, now, the serious amateur researcher is making some waves!

“Armchair astronomer discovers unique ‘cosmic ghost’” :: CNN.com :: August 7, 2008 :: [ READ ]

“Teacher discovers ‘cosmic ghost’” :: University of Oxford Press Release :: August 6, 2008 :: [ READ ]

“Dutch Teacher Stumbles Upon A Space ‘Ghost’” :: NPR News Weekend Edition :: August 9, 2008 :: [ READ ]

 
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  1. [...] New opportunities for involved interactions between citizens and their society’s professional scientists are becoming more critical for the continued advancement of science. The results of these sorts of interactions today offer more efficient and wide-spread data collection capabilities for the professionals, and they provide an outstanding method for informal education so that more people will appreciate and understand the universe from the backyard to other galaxies. [...]

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