Live from New York… it's Galaxy Zoo!!!!
2:01 PM: Kevin and LankyYankee are here. Kevin is showing off new pictures of the Voorwerp. Kevin says that there will be one paper announcing the discovery, and another sharing the XMM Newton data.
2:06 PM: Kevin is comparing the Voorwerp to NGC 1068, another mystery AGN. What makes NGC 1068 so strange is that you only see the very highest-energy x-ray images, because all lower energies are scattered by the thick gas in the galaxy. There are two possibilities for the Voorwerp – either it is a heavily obscured AGN like NGC 1068, or it is dead, and we can only see the light echo as the Voorwerp.
2:11 PM: Kevin: “Scientific publication is unlike most other kinds of publication in that the author pays to publish the papers…. a typical paper in the Astrophysical Journal is a couple thousand dollars.”
2:21 PM: Kevin and I just called each other on Skype while sitting 2 feet apart, to test the camera. LankyYankee is now telling us how he found out about Galaxy Zoo. He’s saying that he got involved in the forum after her “got tired of clicking star/don’t know, and wanted to talk to people.”
2:54 PM: We’ve been trying to get a live link going with Astrofest in the U.K., but alas, no luck. Hanny and weezerd say hello, though!
3:07 PM: Success! We now have a conference call with 8 Zooites!3:10 PM: My lovely wife is here also. While we’re setting up the audio conference, she’s talking with LankyYankee about our plans for the weekend.
3:17 PM: We now have people from 4 countries on the call, but the group in Astrofest is not among them. Kevin is theorizing that they have been thrown out of the pub again. 🙂
3:20 PM: Apparently on the <a href="http://www.galaxyzooforum.org/index.php?topic=273032.330">Astrofest thread at the Galaxy Zoo Forum, people are talking live about our current breakdown in communications. Alice, Hanny, and FluffyPorcupine are all in London, but all their phones are off. 🙂
3:23 PM: I should stop blogging for a moment so I can focus on getting this figured out. More soon.