Quench Boost: A How-To Guide, Part 1
The reaction to GZ Quench has been amazing. It has been great to see the interest and enthusiasm for supporting citizen scientists in experiencing the full scientific process.
This morning’s post was about how we have a small sample of additional galaxies to classify. I’ve really enjoyed watching how fast those are being done… gotta love the counter at http://quench.galaxyzoo.org/. Thank you all!
This post is Part 1 of our How-To-Guide for analyzing our classification results. It’s clear that you’re interested in getting your analysis on, but it may be that you’re not sure where to start. That’s 100% understandable and we’re here to help. We’ve broken down the steps into bite-size chunks. Let’s get started.
The first thing to do is to meet Quench Tools. This is the web platform to help you play with the data. To enter Quench Tools, click here. An in-line Tutorial will automatically pop-up, and guide you through entering the Quench area, loading the data, and creating your first figure. For additional information about Tools, check out our GZ Hangout about Tools, our text-based Tools Tutorial, and this Quench Talk discussion forum post.
In parallel with getting to know Tools, you may be interested in understanding the science context for why post-quenched galaxies (the GZ Quench sample) are so interesting for galaxy evolution studies. A great starting place for getting a sense of the science context and motivation is to read the summaries (written for the general public) of science articles at http://postquench.blogspot.com/. It’s modeled after the astrobites blog, a great resource for any astronomy enthusiast!
As you read those posts, you might want to join the conversation within the Quench Talk discussion forum. There are also a slew of links to popular science articles and websites for additional information about post-quenched galaxies and galaxy evolution.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our How-To-Guide. In it, I’ll guide you through the next bite-size piece of this adventure – playing with your own classification results!