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This Revolutionary Telescope Can Tackle Dark Matter

By Rodney Rafols , Nov 26, 2016 05:08 AM EST
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How does it look when earth is bombarded with dark matter?

Dark matter has been a mystery for astronomers. There is speculation that there are more of dark matter than normal matter in the universe, yet no one has yet seen dark matter. A new telescope is being developed for dark matter. This revolutionary telescope can tackle dark matter and change astronomy.

A new telescope is being developed to look into one of the most mysterious aspects of the universe. This is dark matter. Scientists from the University of Manchester are developing this telescope which would use distributed computing from the UK's GridPP collaboration.

GridPP has been used before to the Higgs boson. GridPP has the ability to run and process thousands of images, as it has been used in looking for galaxies in the Dark Matter Survey. Now the researchers from the University of Manchester would take part in a project to build the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which is designed to look into dark matter.

The LSST would be used to conduct a survey of the entire universe for 10 years. To prepare for this, the LSST would first be used to detect the cosmic shear found in the night sky. This cosmic shear is said to be a sign that there is dark matter and dark energy present in the universe, according to the University of Manchester's site.

Leading this team from the University of Manchester is Dr. Joe Zuntz, who is a cosmologist formerly from Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory and is now with the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. As explained by Sarah Bridle, a professor of Astrophysics, the aim is to look into the dark universe. This aspect of the universe is said to compose around 95 percent of what the universe is made of.

Tackling much of the universe would be a great task. A software has been designed to handle this. The Zuntz 2013 is a software that could analyze galaxy images that would be taken by the LSST and even from earlier ones. This could also be used to produce cosmic shear maps, as Phys Org reports.

GridPP then would be more than up to the challenge of the task that would be undertaken. A pilot exercise has been done by Dr. Zuntz together with Alessandra Forti, a senior system administrator and one of the most experienced GridPP experts. The pilot run has largely been a success, which shows that GridPP is more than ready for the new telescope.

Astronomers might finally find out more about dark matter with a new revolutionary telescope being developed. This revolutionary telescope can tackle dark matter, which has been still largely a mystery to many astronomers. White dwarfs could be key to dark matter research, as an earlier report shows.

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