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

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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 $\sim 37,000$ 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 cons...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Astrophysics
Andreescu, D More by this author
Bamford, S More by this author
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Journal:
MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
Volume:
388
Issue:
4
Pages:
1686-1692
Publication date:
2008-03-22
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EISSN:
1365-2966
ISSN:
0035-8711
URN:
uuid:9a52a3eb-732b-49aa-af8f-784041b01e2f
Source identifiers:
158322
Local pid:
pubs:158322
Language:
English
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