New hunt – help uncover AGN clouds!
Attention cloud hunters! With a lot of input and assistance from laihro, waveney, and ZookeeperKevin, I am pleased to announce a new specialized galaxy hunt, targeted at galaxies with active nuclei to pull out the ones with bright clouds in an organized way. At
you can go through SDSS images of known AGN and help us tell which ones are most likely to have the kind of gigantic ionized-gas clouds which can tell us about the history of the active nucleus and its surroundings. First you’ll see an introduction to why the problem is interesting, and offering some examples of what we’re looking for and some kinds of imposters we want to weed out. You can use existing logins from the merger and irregular classification projects if you have one – otherwise, feel free to join in. The more the merrier – or at the very least, the more, the faster and more statistically robust. And keep visiting – we’ll be augmenting the galaxy list with more AGN that are known but don’t have SDSS spectra, but it will take a little more time to get those identifications fed into the list.
Whence the web name? These clouds have a lot in common with Hanny’s Voorwerp, but are much smaller – so we go with the Dutch diminutive form “voorwerpje”. We do know of more than one, so “voorwerpjes” would also make sense.