First results from the KiDS survey (dark matter)

The first results have been released from a major new dark matter survey of the southern skies using ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

The project, known as the Kilo-Degree Survey (KiDS), uses imaging from the VST and its huge camera, OmegaCAM to analyse images of over two million galaxies. The KiDS team studied the distortion of light emitted from these galaxies, which bends as it passes massive clumps of dark matter during its journey to Earth. From the gravitational lensing effect, these groups turn out to contain around 30 times more dark than visible matter.

Here the invisible dark matter is seen rendered in pink on top of the visible-light image.

Źródło:

Kilo-Degree Survey Collaboration/A. Tudorica & C. Heymans/ESO

O zdjęciu

Identyfikator:eso1528c
Typ:Obserwacje
Data publikacji:9 lipca 2015 16:00
Powiązane komunikaty:eso1528
Rozmiar:3818 x 3560 px

O obiekcie

Typ:Early Universe : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Dark Matter
Constellation:Virgo
Kategoria:Cosmology

Formaty zdjęć

Pełen rozmiar
24,8 MB
Wielki JPEG
4,4 MB

Współrzędne

Pozycja (RA):11 56 10.25
Pozycja (Dec):0° 20' 49.11"
Pole widzenia:12.73 x 11.87 arcminutes
Orientacja:North is 180.0° lewo of vertical

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350 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
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OmegaCAM
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625 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
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770 nmVLT Survey Telescope
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