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The Dark Energy Survey (DES) is designed to probe the origin of the accelerating universe and help uncover the nature of dark energy by measuring the 14 billion-year history of cosmic expansion with high precision. More than 120 scientists from 23 institutions in the U.S., Spain, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Germany are working on the project. This collaboration is building an extremely sensitive, 570-megapixel digital camera, DECam, and will mount it on the Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory high in the Chilean Andes. Starting in September 2012, and continuing for five years, DES will survey a large swath of the southern sky out to vast distances in order to provide new clues to this most fundamental of questions.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will operate a sophisticated data management pipeline for DES. DES will gather an enormous amount of data, capturing terabytes every night.
To learn more about DES, see the story Dark Energy Project: Moving Forward in the Spring 2008 issue of NCSA Access magazine. (Date of Image: March 2008)
Credit: National Center for Supercomputer Applications
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