Archive | December 2011

New Look for Moon Zoo

Moon Zoo launched more than 18 months ago and we’ve been meaning to make some changes to the site. Later today our refreshed site will go live! You’ll notice that we’ve had the decorators in – the website looks a little different and a new tutorial (see below). On the back end, we’ve added new images and retired some old ones.


We have created a new interactive tutorial for Moon Zoo. This tutorial guides you through the basic interface of Moon Zoo and teaches you how to avoid some of the common pitfalls that we’ve seen since the project began. Even if you’ve classified on Moon Zoo before you might need to take the tutorial just once to get back on track – you should find it’s no problem. The tutorial has lists of known craters against which your markings are compared. If you’re too far off the mark with your crater drawing, we’ll ask you to try again. There’s nothing to worry about, just our way of ensuring maximum results from the site by bringing everybody up to speed.


We are retiring the Moon images we used at launch in 2010. But we have some great, new ones that allow us to study secondary craters and volcanic regions of the Moon. These will help us study interesting features and crater types, building on the work that has already been done by Moon Zoo volunteers.

So Moon Zoo: Phase 2 has begun – and will go live today – take a look!


Another year on the Moon!

To mark the end of a year of Moon Zoo clicks and discussion here’s a word cloud taken from the blog posts from the last 12 months. It makes interesting reading and is a cool way to summarise¬† the most talked about topics. The larger the text, the more that word featured.¬† And one or two familiar names appear too! Enjoy!

Thanks to all Moon Zoo addicts for all your clicks in 2011. Here’s to another year of lunar citizen science.