PART X: From the outer reaches of our universe

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PART X: From the outer reaches of our universe

Peering into the distant cosmos to answer questions about the origins of galaxies, stars and planets. University of British Columbia.
April 24, 2017

Astronomers from around the world are peering into the Milky Way, pictured here, and far out into the cosmos with the help of a sophisticated camera, parts of which were designed at the University of British Columbia. Called SCUBA-2 (Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array-2, blue box at right), the camera produces images of the distant universe at far-infrared wavelengths. Located on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, in Hawaii (centre), SCUBA-2’s precision is allowing scientists to survey large areas of the sky with unprecedented sensitivity to help us better understand how galaxies, stars and planets form.

Images: Jessica Dempsey, East Asian Observatory (EAO)/James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT), Herschel (Milky Way); JCMT (SCUBA-2); William Montgomerie/EAO/JCMT (telescope)

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