Author Archives: Emily Velasco

Emily is a communications specialist in the Office of Public Affairs and a Cal Poly Pomona alumna. She writes about the colleges of Science and Agriculture. Her other duties include wading through the murky world of social media.

Cal Poly Pomona Professor Matthew Povich is unveiling a revamped website for the Milky Way Project. Photo Credit: Pexels.com

Cal Poly Pomona Professor Unveils Revamped Milky Way Project Site

A Cal Poly Pomona professor is giving everyone with access to a computer the chance to help explore our galaxy.

Physics and astronomy Professor Matthew Povich is unveiling a revamped website for the Milky Way Project, a crowd-sourced effort that uses citizen scientists to identify objects in imagery of the Milky Way Galaxy taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope over the past 12 years.

The volunteers sift through imagery looking for objects types with names like bubble, bow shock driving star and yellowball. When they think they’ve found one, they draw a circle around it.  Those circles are like a highlighter, helping Povich and his colleagues focus on analyzing