Write Your Name with the Stars

A new site lets you play with galaxies, writing out any word or phrase using astronomical phenomena that happen to look like letters.

The fun webpage — My Galaxies — is part of the Galaxy Zoo, a citizen science project that enlists ordinary people to sift through data from Hubble and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to identify celestial objects. Launched in 2007, Galaxy Zoo has identified more than 250,000 new galaxies, most of which have remained undiscovered until now. Along with finding a plethora of objects in the night sky, Galaxy Zoo volunteers have spotted many oddly shaped galaxies, and a good deal resembling English letters and numbers.

Have fun here.

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