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Euclid, a European space telescope, is launched by SpaceX to explore the “dark universe.”

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On a mission to investigate the enigmatic and unseen region known as the dark cosmos, a European satellite telescope launched on Saturday. The Euclid observatory of the European Space Agency was launched by SpaceX for a 1.5 million mile journey to the vicinity of the Webb Space Telescope.

This autumn, it will take a month to get there and a another two months for the ambitious six-year study to begin.

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Euclid, which takes its name from the famous Greek mathematician, will search through billions of galaxies that take up more than one-third of the sky.

Scientists seek to gain understanding of the dark energy and dark matter that make up the majority of the universe and keep it expanding by determining the position and form of galaxies up to 10 billion light-years away — nearly all the way back to the Big Bang that created the cosmos.

In an effort to shed light on how the dark universe formed and why its expansion is accelerating, the telescope will produce a highly anticipated 3D image of the cosmos that spans both space and time.

According to the mission’s chief scientist, Euclid will measure dark energy and dark matter with previously unheard-of accuracy.

Euclid is a four-meter-tall and nearly-as-wide structure with a 1.2-meter telescope and two scientific tools for seeing the universe in both visible light and near-infrared.

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