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Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge


Researchers, from the University of Cambridge, found that it may be possible to detect and measure dark energy by studying Andromeda, our galactic next-door neighbour that is on a slow-motion collision course with the Milky Way.

Using a series of simulations based on the best available estimates of the mass of both galaxies, Dr David Benisty and his co-authors – Professor Anne Davis from DAMTP (KICC member) and Professor Wyn Evans from the Institute of Astronomy – found that dark energy is affecting how Andromeda and the Milky Way are orbiting each other.

Further details of their research can be found here.