Found in space

Found in space

Image of the Jellyfish Nebula, annotated by Astrometry.net robot
The Jellyfish Nebula, by DJMcCrady,
with annotation by Astrometry.net

A robot intelligence has invaded Flickr. The “blind astrometry server” is a program which monitors the Astrometry group on Flickr, looking for new photos of the night sky. It then analyzes each photo, and from the unique star positions shown it figures out what part of the sky was photographed and what interesting planets, galaxies or nebulae are contained within. Not only does the photographer get a high-quality description of what’s in their photo, but the main Astrometry.net project gets a new image to add to its storehouse of knowledge.

This is pretty amazing and really worth looking at

(Via Code: Flickr Developer Blog.)