An international team of astronomers released today (15 May) new results on the Cosmos, based on the largest map of the heavens ever produced.
This massive atlas emphatically confirmed recent findings that the Universe is full of dark energy, a mysterious substance that makes up three-quarters of our Universe, together with dark matter which accounts for most of the remaining quarter. Understanding this composition is now one of the most important problems facing the whole of science.
"We now have a precise view of what makes up our Universe, but little idea as to why,” said Prof. Ofer Lahav, a member of the international team and the Head of the Astrophysics Group at University College London. “It is intriguing that the ordinary matter our bodies are made of and that we experience in everyday life only accounts for a few percent of the total cosmic budget."
Prof. Ofer Lahav | alfa
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