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Massive new mapping of the universe could unlock secrets of 'dark energy'

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Prof. Greg Rudnick at the University of Kansas is playing an important role in BigBOSS, a huge new plan to grasp why the expansion of the universe is accelerating rather than slowing down. This mystery of physics is due to little-understood "dark energy," which has been calculated to make up roughly 70 percent of the cosmos. In addition to giving astronomers a better understanding of dark energy, BigBOSS will be useful for investigating a wide array of questions ranging from the evolution of stars in our own galaxy to the large scale structure of the universe.

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