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Today's Colloquium: Probing the dark Universe with optical imaging surveys

Submitter: Filipe Abdalla (UCL)
Description: In this talk I will show the aspirations that we have in probing the Dark Universe with optical imaging surveys, including the hurdles and the statistical advantages of such surveys. Specially I will focus on the results that we have in the path to the Dark Energy Survey, including the science verification data from DES. The survey proper will start in Oct 2013 and span 5 years. I will give an update on the plans and prospects.

This image focuses on the Fornax cluster, some 60 million light years from Earth. The galaxies in the image seem to cluster together in the upper-right portion of the image, where the centre of the cluster is located. The particularly prominent spiral structure in the lower section is NGC 1365.
Copyright: The Dark Energy Survey collaboration
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