Unusual galaxy cluster discovered by Galaxy Zoo volunteers. Credit: Galaxy Zoo

Galaxy Zoo Team Discovers New Class of Galaxy Cluster

1 Apr , 2009 by

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A new class of galaxy clusters has been identified by volunteers and astronomers of the Galaxy Zoo project, together with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. These clusters are rare, and have apparently gone unnoticed before, despite their unusual linear properties. Astronomers believe the identification of these types of clusters depend on the visual inspection of large numbers of galaxies, a feat which has only recently been made possible by the Galaxy Zoo project, and this may explain why they haven’t been discovered until now. “Space is, after all, really big,” said the Galaxy Zoo scientists, “and full of really surprising things.”

These clusters are unusually elongated, possess young and highly dynamic galaxy populations, and most unexpectedly, present neatly typeset, left-justified, messages written in the English language. One sample even includes punctuation similar to an exclamation mark. (See image below.)

SDSS colour composite image (vri) for another unusual galaxy cluster, at RA = ?2h61m12s, Dec = +124?17?72?? , identified by Galaxy Zoo participants.

SDSS colour composite image (vri) for another unusual galaxy cluster, at RA = ?2h61m12s, Dec = +124?17?72?? , identified by Galaxy Zoo participants.


The occurrence of these new galaxy phenomena could potentially lend support to some of the more exotic models for Dark Energy or modified gravity, which one of the Universe Today trolls may find extremely notable. More controversially, as most occurrences of English sentences are considered to be the work of intelligent beings, the existence of these messages might indicate intelligent life beyond our own.

Conversely, however, they could indicate that many phenomena usually attributed to intelligent life on Earth may actually occur spontaneously, without any thought necessarily being involved at all. While these new discoveries may have profound implications for cosmology, the most important thing to consider is the date of this publication, being April 1.

The Galaxy Zoo team stresses that, despite their implausible appearance, the galaxies comprising each individual character in the figures presented here are taken directly from the SDSS multicolour composite imaging. Note, however, that some degree of translation and rotation has been performed to the individual characters, for presentation purposes.


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amzirak
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amzirak
April 1, 2009 1:16 AM

“The occurrence of these new galaxy phenomena could potentially lend support to some of the more exotic models for Dark Energy or modified gravity, which one of the Universe Today trolls may find extremely notable”

Ahahaha, classic.

** Apologies for the inconvenience. ?

Caution ! structure formation in progess ?

lizzyshoe
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lizzyshoe
April 1, 2009 1:19 AM

We apologize for the inconvenience!

“These clusters are unusually elongated, possess young and highly dynamic galaxy populations, and most unexpectedly, present neatly typeset, left-justified, messages written in the English language. One sample even includes punctuation similar to an exclamation mark.”

Hahaha! Very nice UT! Way to be the first of the prankers smile

sapjes
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sapjes
April 1, 2009 1:59 AM

Haha very funny, I had to blink a couple of times to link the current date to this weird article smile

Jim
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Jim
April 1, 2009 2:01 AM

Good one!! Nice font!!

But I still believe that Martin Gardner’s counter-example to the 4 colour theorem (Scientific American, some years ago) is the best.

Salacious B. Crumb
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Salacious B. Crumb
April 1, 2009 2:28 AM

What? No EU!

Feenixx
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April 1, 2009 3:01 AM

It’s configurations like this SETI might want to look for.
Messages carried via EM wave modulation are for the birds

wink

Scrambler Sinister
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Scrambler Sinister
April 1, 2009 3:12 AM

wow, I actually fell for it at first! I was seriously thinking this over until I scrolled down to the comments section! Good one! grin

HeadAroundU
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HeadAroundU
April 1, 2009 3:22 AM

Get rid of comet 2012 and scientology!!!

No shame whatsoever???

How could you sell science to scientology???

Goshdamn money hungry universe (of) today.

Tammy Plotner
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April 1, 2009 4:28 AM

my congratulations to nancy for finding this and to my absolute heroes at “galaxy zoo”!

there is nothing more wonderful than beginning one’s day with a genuine smile…

grin

Firebird
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Firebird
April 1, 2009 5:51 AM

Great article smile

On a related note:
Remember Towel Day (May 25):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day

VitaminT
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VitaminT
April 1, 2009 6:02 AM

April fools!

Jon Hanford
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Jon Hanford
April 1, 2009 6:06 AM

Now we know what that Conficker worm was up to! Thanks to Nancy and the Galaxy Zoo team for this treat.

Motor Daddy
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Motor Daddy
April 1, 2009 6:36 AM

Awesome! wink

huygens
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huygens
April 1, 2009 6:50 AM

Wake me when this silliness is over.

Scooter
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Scooter
April 1, 2009 6:53 AM

Very unprofessional, let’s try to keep the site a little more professional.

Taunide
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Taunide
April 1, 2009 7:14 AM

Yeah, scooter and huygens are right.. science is and has to be serious… Look at those Intelligent Design People, THEY know how to be dead serious..

Well, actually I think one of the best things to find in our universe is a tongue in a cheek….

Jorge
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April 1, 2009 8:24 AM

LOL!

Nice one, Nancy.

A note to those who want to be always dead serious: the keyword there is DEAD. You need a sparkle of life, kids.

Total Science
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April 1, 2009 8:49 AM

Plasmoids ftw.

Dankwa
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Dankwa
April 1, 2009 8:51 AM

For the 1st time I didn’t fall for any April fool prank, only to fall to Universe Today! Damn you, UT!

smile

Sci-Fi Si
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April 1, 2009 9:05 AM

Wow! The Aliens have moved from crop circles to sign writing with galaxies, that’s a lot of effort to go to for a prank.

Nice one Nancy
smile

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