Amateur astronomers ‘swipe right’ to identify nearly a quarter million galaxies

An ambitious galaxy-mapping mission has identified around 250,000 galaxies in the quest to better understand dark energy, the mysterious force that is causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate.

The results delivered by the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) based at The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory would not have been possible without the aid of over 10,000 amateur astronomers to help in its quest.

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