Researchers delve into space and "Dark Energy"

Published 09/04 2013 05:45PM

Updated 09/04 2013 06:23PM

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- UI researchers are working on a new project to develop a better idea of what the universe looks like. It's called the "Dark Energy Survey." They helped build one of the largest digital cameras in the world. Now, it's set up on top of the Andes Mountains in Chile. That 570-megapixel camera streams video and pictures back to the UI.

One person involved with the project says it's important to take a broad look at space to get a better idea of what's happening out there. The information they learn will help researchers understand why the universe is expanding at a fast rate instead of slowing because of gravity. Experts believe dark energy is the force behind that phenomena.

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