University of Portsmouth scientists help understand dark matter

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COSMOLOGISTS from the University of Portsmouth are going to be part of a world-wide consortium supporting a satellite investigating the mystery of dark energy.

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced the plans which will support Euclid, a satellite which will be the most precise probe yet into dark energy – the name adopted for the agent driving the acceleration of the Universe.

Euclid will trace the distribution and evolution of the enigmatic form of energy throughout the universe.

Nearly 1,000 scientists are involved in the collaboration from across Europe and other parts of the world, including a team from the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG).

ICG scientists will pioneer key aspects of the mission, developing techniques to measure and understand the patterns seen in the distribution and shapes of distant galaxies.

Dr David Bacon of ICG, said: ‘The Euclid Consortium is the biggest astronomy collaboration ever created, which shows the immense interest in Euclid science across Europe and we’re delighted to be a fundamental part of it.’