KiDS dark matter survey, VLT Survey Telecope

KiDS dark matter survey, VLT Survey Telecope

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Credit: Kilo-Degree Survey Collaboration/H. Hildebrandt, B. Giblin/EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: KiDS dark matter survey, VLT Survey Telecope. Map showing the presence of dark matter (pink) in an area of sky around 280 times the size of the full Moon. This is region G9 of the KiDS (Kilo-Degree Survey), obtained using the VLT Survey Telescope at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in Chile. This image reconstruction was made by analysing the way in which the gravitational pull of dark matter (not visible by normal means) warps light travelling from some two million distant galaxies more than 6 billion light-years away. The foreground masked areas are where nearby objects obscure observations of more distant galaxies. Image published in 2016.

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