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Cosmology and Astrophysics Experiments


  • LSST - 8.4 meter ground-based telescope being constructed to learn more about our universe as well as search for evidence of dark matter.

  • WMAP - Wilkinson Microwave Aninotropy Probe - Microwave survey

  • SDSS - Sloan Digital Sky Survey - Optical Survey

  • GLAST - Gamma Ray Large Area Space Telescope - High energy gamma ray observatory capable of detecting photons with energies from 10 MeV to 100 GeV.

  • SNAP - Supernova / Acceleration Probe - Uses Type 1A supernovae to measure the acceleration of the universe.

  • FIRST - Faint Images of the Radio Sky at Twenty-Centimeters - Radio Survey

  • NRAO - National Radio Astronomy Observatory

  • NOAO - National Optical Astronomy Observatory