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Portuguese scientists team wins ESA award

ESA’s Euclid mission has a group of Portuguese scientists from the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) in charge of planning sky scans, in collaboration with more than 20 scientists from various institutions.

Now, the team that helps the Euclid telescope to observe the dark side of the Universe has received the Euclid STAR 2020 award for its contribution to the success of the mission.

The screening group (ECSURV) where the team of national scientists is is responsible for producing the sky mapping calendar with about 40,000 observations from the Euclid telescope. The objective is to define which region of the sky will be observed at each moment of the mission’s more than six years.

The Euclid telescope’s mission is to study the shape and the three-dimensional position of millions of galaxies with the help of two instruments: a camera in visible light, and another camera/spectrometer in the near-infrared.

Scientists hope to be able to map the spatial distribution of dark matter, which will make up about 23% of the universe, and the three regions have already been chosen where Euclid’s special capabilities will be applied.

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