New Cosmic Atlas

Largest Cosmic Map Confirms How Little We Know: For centuries, humans have looked to the heavens for their gods and goddesses and clues for finding the nature of the universe. Now, the largest ever-produced map of the universe gives those lost in the dark some direction, but is also confirms that the universe is full of dark energy, a strange force pushing galaxies apart at ever faster speeds. This utterly inexplicable force is one of nature’s great unsolved mysteries. Map or no map, scientists admit they’re pretty clueless about what’s going on.

Computer constructs cosmic atlas: A computer system running a novel form of artificial intelligence has helped astronomers put together the largest ever three-dimensional map of the universe. Dr Adrian Collister, of the University of Cambridge, developed the technique as part of his work towards his PhD, helped by his supervisor Professor Ofer Lahav. The findings were first published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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