The biggest astronomical collaboration in history… just how big?
Chris and I are at the AAS meeting in St. Louis. Chris has been keeping up with the meeting on his blog, and we’ve both given talks about Galaxy Zoo. Everyone here is really excited about what we’ve been able to do with Galaxy Zoo – great job, everyone!
Last night, Chris and I held a Galaxy Zoo planning meeting while watching a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. Here is a beautiful photo of where we were – Busch Stadium in St. Louis (click for a larger version):
Photo from Flicker user pdsphil
Why is that significant?
We suddenly realized, looking up at the stadium, that this is how large Galaxy Zoo is.
The stadium holds about 45,000 people. At last count, Galaxy Zoo had 141,960 volunteers. Here are some other things that we are bigger than:
- The entire nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Chris’s hometown, twice over
- The entire student population of the Universities of Michigan, Illinois, and Texas, combined
- The Italian Army
- …and 30 American Astronomical Societies.