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Scientists study the force that drives that acceleration, dubbed “dark energy,” with deep astronomical surveys that look at how the distribution of galaxies has changed over billions of years.

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As the universe expanded from the Big Bang, regions where the density of matter was higher than average grew into galaxies and clusters of...
Tug of War that Shapes the Universe
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The Rubin Observatory's LSST Camera will take enormously detailed images of the night sky from atop a mountain in Chile. Down below the mountain...

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DESI has already mapped out more galaxies than all previous 3D surveys combined, and it's just getting started.

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Managing the unprecedented amount of data that will soon stream from Rubin Observatory means more than buying tons of hard drives. SLAC scientist Richard...

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She toured the lab’s powerful X-ray laser, looked at the construction of the world’s largest digital camera, and discussed climate research, industries of the...

Secretary Granholm virtual visit
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From the invisible world of elementary particles to the mysteries of the cosmos, recipients of this prestigious award for early career scientists explore nature...

Panofsky fellows
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An analysis of the first three years of Dark Energy Survey data is consistent with predictions from the current best model of the universe...

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An international collaboration aims to create a 3D map of the universe, unraveling the mysterious nature of dark energy.

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For the first time, DES scientists can combine measurements of the distribution of matter, galaxies, and galaxy clusters to advance our understanding of dark...

Rubin Observatory will bring new capabilities to the studies of dark matter and dark energy.

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The camera will explore cosmic mysteries as part of the Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time.

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The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, which will map millions of galaxies in 3D from a mountaintop in Arizona, has reached its final milestone toward...

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