Galaxy Zoo: the large-scale spin statistics of spiral galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

  title={Galaxy Zoo: the large-scale spin statistics of spiral galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey},
  author={Kate R. Land and An{\vz}e Slosar and Chris J. Lintott and Daniel Andreescu and Steven Bamford and P. G. Murray and Robert C. Nichol and M. Jordan Raddick and Kevin Schawinski and Alexander S. Szalay and Daniel Thomas and Jan vandenBerg},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
We re-examine the evidence for a violation of large-scale statistical isotropy in the distribution of projected spin vectors of spiral galaxies. We have a sample of ∼37 000 spiral galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, with their line of sight spin direction confidently classified by members of the public through the online project Galaxy Zoo. After establishing and correcting for a certain level of bias in our handedness results we find the winding sense of the galaxies to be consistent… 

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