Astronomers, people passionate about the sky, stars, and space, always have something to do. This is not only observing space bodies, but also scientific and research work. Teams of two science centers (NAOC and DESI) have been working for six years on a joint project – a map of the Universe. The number of scientists simultaneously involved in the project reached 200.
Throughout this time, researchers from Earth were carefully analyzing everything that was happening in space. Each team had its own sector where observations were made. Now the time has come when all the data can be combined. The researchers were able to “put the puzzle together,” to create a general spectroscopic map of the Universe based on maps of its sectors. The work was difficult not only at the observational stage but also during the joining of the plots into one whole.
It is worth noting that this is the first such map of the universe in the world. It, as the researchers report, contains at least 10 trillion pixels, and the number of celestial bodies displayed on it exceeds the 2 billion mark. Analyzing the changes taking place, scientists were able to make many important discoveries. They claim that the universe is rapidly expanding.
This process is poorly understood, but it is clear that it requires absolutely fantastic amounts of energy. Scientists believe that it is dark energy that occupies at least 68% of the known universe. The redshifts of galaxies also tell us that the cosmos is expanding. Observing them will lead to many more discoveries.
Having created a two-dimensional map of space, scientists have set the task to create a three-dimensional one. A five-year program has been launched for this purpose. It is assumed that astronomers from different countries will also work on their solution. The emergence of such a map will help to better understand the question of the emergence of dark energy and the placement of space bodies.