The European Space Agency (ESA) just recently launched the Euclid, a deep area telescope set to hunt for dark matter in our universe. The telescope launched at the beginning of July, and now after a month in area, it's finally exposed several test images, which are absolutely awesome.
This moment is reminiscent of the excitement that I felt when I saw James Webb's images for the first time-- photos that recorded information unlike anything we 'd ever had the ability to record previously. With Euclid, the hunt for information is a bit different, and it is not likely we'll see images quite as colorful as those first Webb images, however that's because it's looking at things from a much more comprehensive standpoint. Still, there is a lot to be delighted about here.
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These very first Euclid test images released by the ESA show that the telescope can record a ton of information as it peers deep into deep space. Secondly, the images here are just commission tests meant to show off what Euclid is capable of without capturing a specific target and even hunting for proof of dark matter itself, something that the telescope will do later on this year.
With these first images, we are simply getting a taste of what is possible with Euclid, and when combined with the variety of data that we're currently receiving from spacecraft like the James Webb, the hunt for dark matter is really ready to warm up a fair bit. As kept in mind before, too, these are simply test images, which means the first actual research study images we see will most likely sport much more information.
That implies that Euclid is already starting off with a really exciting turn of events. Over the next couple of months, the ESA will continue to position Euclid in its orbit and then start science operations, which will hopefully lastly unwind the mystery of dark matter and the part that it plays in our universe.