Euclid Has Just Opened His Eyes, and This Is What He Saw!
Euclid is named after the Greek mathematician Euclid of Alexandria, who lived around 300 BC and founded the subject of geometry. As the density of matter and energy is linked to the geometry of the universe, the mission was named in his honour.
Euclid is designed to explore the evolution of the dark Universe. It will make a 3D-map of the Universe (with time as the third dimension) by observing billions of galaxies out to 10 billion light-years, across more than a third of the sky.
While dark energy accelerates the expansion of the Universe and dark matter governs the growth of cosmic structures, scientists remain unsure about what dark energy and dark matter actually are.
By observing the Universe evolving over the past 10 billion years, Euclid will reveal how it has expanded and how structure has formed over cosmic history – and from this, astronomers can infer the properties of dark energy, dark matter and gravity, to reveal more about their precise nature.
Does dark matter really exist or is it just a product of our imagination? There is a new space telescope that might be able to answer that question, it’s called Euclid and it has just opened its eyes for the first time.
With its advanced technology, this telescope may finally provide the answers scientists have been searching for decades. We may even find the geometric blueprint of the universe.
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