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The first color images of the Universe

Publication date 8.11.2023 9.45 | Published in English on 8.11.2023 at 9.50
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The European Space Agency (ESA) has published the first coloured images of the universe taken by the Euclid telescope. The pictures show, among other things, a star nebula resembling a horse's head, unprecedented distant galaxies, and circumstantial evidence of darkness.

ESA's Euclid mission is designed to explore the composition and evolution of the dark Universe. Euclid will explore how the Universe has expanded and how structure has formed, revealing more about the role of gravity and the nature of dark energy and dark matter.

Over the next six years, the telescope will go through one third of sky — up to two billion galaxies, the farthest of which are ten billion light years away.

Launch: 1 July 2023
Launch location: Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
Launch vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9
Destination: Sun-Earth Lagrange point 2, 1.5 million km from Earth

Read more on the ESA´s website  
Read more about Finns' share on the Science Data Centre website 

What is it like to participate in the Euclid mission of the European Space Agency? Read the column by Hannu Kurki-Suonio, Professor of Cosmology at the University of Helsinki.