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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's stars

3 February 2014

Supernova discoverors at ULO - photo: Max Alexander

In a story which has now gone round the world, UCL's Steve Fossey, along with four of his students, discovered a supernova in galaxy M 82.

The following week, Max Alexander, a well-known portrait photographer (and former student on UCL's astronomy diploma course) dropped by to take some pictures of them.

From left to right: Matthew Wilde, Guy Pollack, Dr Steve Fossey, Tom Wright, Ben Cooke. Behind them, the domes of the University of London Observatory (where they made their discovery), and above, the cloudy skies of North London, an unlikely location for such a big scientific discovery.

Photo credit: Max Alexander (maxalexander.com)


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