Stunning new space images captured by the new Euclid telescope are revealing secrets of the “dark universe,” a mystery-filled combination of dark matter and dark energy believed to make up 95% of the cosmos.
Euclid’s task is to observe and then eventually help the consortium create a groundbreaking 3D map that would “uncover some of [the universe’s] hidden secrets,” according to the organization.
“Dark matter pulls galaxies together and causes them to spin more rapidly than visible matter alone can account for; dark energy is driving the accelerated expansion of the Universe. Euclid will for the first-time allow cosmologists to study these competing dark mysteries together,” said professor Carole Mundell, the ESA’s director of science.
Five images have been unveiled so far, offering just a glimpse of various “hidden” galaxies, nebulas and Jupiter-size worlds left to conquer. The awe-inspiring snaps are but a tease to the astounding breakthroughs yet to come, during what the ESA estimates to be a six-year span of exploration from the space scope.
“Euclid will make a leap in our understanding of the cosmos as a whole, and these exquisite Euclid images show that the mission is ready to help answer one of the greatest mysteries of modern physics,” Mundell said.
What a cluster
Euclid captured a magnificent group shot on more than a thousand galaxies located within the Perseus cluster — one of the universe’s most massive structures — 240 million light-years away. Some of the 100,000 background galaxies shown are…
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