Galaxy Zoo Supernova Paper Submitted!
I’m pleased to let you know that the first Galaxy Zoo Supernova paper has been submitted to Monthly Notices of the RAS. This is a brief paper describing the supernova zoo, and analysing the classifications that you all made over May-July earlier this year.
Over that period, nearly 14,000 supernova candidates from the Palomar Transient Factory were classified by some 2500 of you, usually within a few hours of the data reaching the website. When we compared some of those classifications to those made by experienced astronomers, we found a excellent level of agreement: 93% of all confirmed supernovae over that period were identified correctly by the volunteers at Galaxy Zoo Supernovae (and usually more quickly than astronomers in PTF would be able to!). Galaxy Zoo Supernova continues to play a major role in classifying supernovae for PTF.
If you’re interested in the gory details, you can find the article here.
On to the next paper!