We're astrophysicists

Actually no, we're not astrophysicists. But Loaded producer Chris Borden is married to one.  And in the world of astronomy, she's kind of a rock star. She's running a massive digital sky survey with the Hubble Space Telescope. The project is called the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (better known as PHAT). One of its many objectives is to classify the millions of stars in the Andromeda galaxy (also known as the "default desktop image of Apple OSX Lion"). To do this, she and her collaborators created a fantastic crowdsourcing website that lets anyone lend their observational skills to this endeavor. In the past five days, over half a million images of the galaxy have been classified by ordinary people who visited The Andromeda Project site. If you haven't tried it, we strongly suggest you get in touch with you inner-astro geek and hunt for stars, stellar clusters, and distant galaxies. And while you're in this astro mindset, check out the animated logo featuring the Whirlpool galaxy that Loaded made for our friends at the Haus der Astronomie in Heidelberg, Germany.