Citizen Science Project
Space has always been a big interest of mine, which is why I chose Gravity Spy as my citizen science project, which I found on Zooniverse. This particular project interested me because gravity waves are still a fairly new discovery in the field of science and there is still a lot of research going on regarding gravity waves. LIGO is the most sensitive and complicated gravitational experiment ever built, and with the data it collects there are often many glitches. The project I was tasked with was to identify glitches the gravity wave detectors have picked up as either a ‘blip’ or ‘whistle’. The blips simply looked like blips that popped up on the chart, and whistles showed up as thin lines that stretched across the graph. If there was a blip, I’d sort it into the blip category, and if a thin line was stretching across the graph, I’d classify it as a whistle. It was very fascinating to find out just how these sensitive detectors pick up the gravitational waves emitted from the two distant black holes a few hundred lightyears away combining two create one supermassive black hole. In all, this was a very interesting project that taught me more about the concept of gravity waves. I was able to help categorize information gathered by detectors like LIGO to help advance future research regarding gravity waves.