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A Visual Galaxy Classification Interface and its Classroom Application
Chemistry and Physics Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures
  • Stefan Kautsch, Nova Southeastern University
  • Chau Phung, Nova Southeastern University
  • Michael Van Hilst, Nova Southeastern University
  • Victor Castro
Event Name/Location
American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #224, id.320.06
Publication Date
Galaxy morphology is an important topic in modern astronomy to understand questions concerning the evolution and formation of galaxies and their dark matter content. In order to engage students in exploring galaxy morphology, we developed a web-based, graphical interface that allows students to visually classify galaxy images according to various morphological types. The website is designed with HTML5, JavaScript, PHP, and a MySQL database. The classification interface provides hands-on research experience and training for students and interested clients, and allows them to contribute to studies of galaxy morphology. We present the first results of a pilot study and compare the visually classified types using our interface with that from automated classification routines.
Citation Information
Stefan Kautsch, Chau Phung, Michael Van Hilst and Victor Castro. "A Visual Galaxy Classification Interface and its Classroom Application" (2014)
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