An apology is owed to all Zooniverse volunteers; We incredibly underestimated the Zooniverse Community’s ability to mobilize for the Sunspotter Citizen Science Challenge. You blew our goal of 250,000 new classifications on Sunspotter in a week out of the water! It took 16 hours to reach 250,000 classifications. I’ll say that again, 16 hours!
By 20 hours you hit 350,000 classifications. That’s an 11,000% increase over the previous day. By the end of the weekend, the total count stood at over 640,000.
Let’s up the ante, shall we? Our new goal is a cool 1,000,000 classifications by Saturday September 5th. That would increase the total number of classifications since Sunspotter launched in February 2014 by 50%!
Thank you all for contributing!
P.S. Check out the Basics of a Solar Flare Forecast on the Sunspotter blog from science team member Dr. Sophie Murray.