The Blanco Telescope in Chile, Where the Dark Energy Camera is Mounted
T. Abbott and NOAO/AURA/NSF

5 Ways The Brand New Dark Energy Camera Will Utterly Change Our Understanding Of The Universe

The first instrument ever built specifically to help astronomers study the effects of dark energy is now ready to document the history of the cosmos.

By Clay Dillow Posted 09.26.2012 at 12:24 pm

For something that we know absolutely nothing about, dark energy owns a prominent place in astrophysics. Its discovery won the Nobel Prize even though the very term “dark energy” is a placeholder for a phenomenon we don’t really understand, and though its effects are observable dark energy itself–which supposedly makes up three-quarters of the universe–has never been seen and remains unobservable. That’s why the Dark Energy Camera–which achieved first light just last week–is such a big deal. With it, we might finally give the term “dark energy” some meaning.

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