Picture of the Week

LUX dark matter detector

Detecting dark matter

The kind of matter and energy we can see and touch – whether it is in the form of atoms and molecules, or heat and light, only forms a tiny proportion of the content of the Universe, only about 5%. Over a quarter is dark matter, which is totally invisible but whose gravitational attraction can be detected; while over two thirds is dark energy, a force that pushes the Universe to expand ever faster.

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Space & Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory)

Solar flare

The Department of Space and Climate Physics (originally opened as the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in 1967) and is now the largest university-based space research group in the UK. The department undertakes research in astrophysics, planetary sciences, solar physics, space plasma physics and climate extremes. This programme is underpinned by a comprehensive technology base that has led to MSSL-built instruments being flown by all of the major space agencies. Our postgraduate teaching programme reflects the quality and breadth of  our research and technology programmes.



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