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British Science Week: Astronomy needs you!

17 March 2022, by Adam McMaster in Black Hole Hunters

As part of British Science Week, we hosted a live panel discussion and Q&A where we talked about the connection between the coming “big data” era in astronomy and the increasing importance of citizen science projects for training machine learning models.

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Black Hole Hunters has launched!

29 October 2021, by Adam McMaster in Black Hole Hunters

Our new project, Black Hole Hunters, has officially launched on the Zooniverse. This project asks volunteers – you! – to look for the telltale signs of hidden black holes in SuperWASP light curves. We’re looking for an effect called gravitational microlensing, where an otherwise invisible black hole briefly …

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Getting Black Hole Hunters ready for launch

24 September 2021, by Adam McMaster in Black Hole Hunters

Our upcoming project, Black Hole Hunters, recently went through the Zooniverse beta review process. Thanks to everyone who took the time to review the project! We received a lot of useful feedback and we’re planning to make some changes to the project before it launches.

First, we’ll be improving …

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Acknowledgements

The SuperWASP project is currently funded and operated by Warwick University and Keele University, and was originally set up by Queen’s University Belfast, the Universities of Keele, St. Andrews and Leicester, the Open University, the Isaac Newton Group, the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, the South African Astronomical Observatory and by STFC.

The Zooniverse project on SuperWASP Variable Stars is led by Andrew Norton (The Open University) and builds on work he has done with his former postgraduate students Les Thomas, Stan Payne, Marcus Lohr, Paul Greer, and Heidi Thiemann, and current postgraduate student Adam McMaster.

The Zooniverse project on SuperWASP Variable Stars was developed with the help of the ASTERICS Horizon2020 project. ASTERICS is supported by the European Commission Framework Programme Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation action under grant agreement n.653477

VeSPA was designed and developed by Adam McMaster as part of his postgraduate work. This work is funded by STFC, DISCnet, and the Open University Space SRA. Server infrastructure was funded by the Open University Space SRA.