University of Texas scientists use dating app tech to locate distant galaxies, dark energy

December 12, 2022

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Researchers at the University of Texas are turning to some rather unusual tech to locate distant galaxies.

“I’ve been calling it Astro Tinder for a long time,” said UT Professor of Astrophysics Karl Gebhardt. Gebhardt is part of the Dark Energy Explorers project, which will map the universe and help scientists understand more about dark energy.

“We’re trying to make this giant map of the universe to understand how the universe is expanding,” Gebhardt said. To map the universe, however, galaxies must be identified.

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