UC Berkeley researchers find 1,200 lenses to examine dark matter

Photo of Gravitational Lensing Candidates
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A research team found more than 1,200 gravitational lenses that could potentially be used to further understand and collect data on dark matter. Dark matter can only be observed indirectly via its gravitational effects.

A team including UC Berkeley researchers has found more than 1,200 potential gravitational lenses, celestial objects that have proven to be a powerful addition to astronomers’ toolkits and could help demystify the dark matter that most of the universe is composed of.
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