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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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UCL-led exoplanet satellite wins approval

7 March 2011

The European Space Agency has selected the Exoplanet Characterisation Observatory (EChO) as one of its top missions for further study. EChO is led by Giovanna Tinetti (UCL Physics and Astronomy) and is supported by over 150 of Europe's top astronomers.


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