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The large scale structure of the universe

The large scale distribution of matter provides one of the principal observables for testing the cosmological model. The inhomogeneity of the distribution of galaxies and dark matter, the dependence of this on the scale, and its time evolution, depend critically on the parameter values of the model. The combination of measurements of the expansion rate of the Universe with those of the rate of growth of density fluctuations, allow, in principle, the basis of the theory to be tested, and also provide a verification of the theory of General Relativity. In fact, there exists the fascinating possibility that dark energy is a manifestation of a modified gravity, that is, a deviation from the Einstein equations. This is currently one of the alternatives to dark energy most actively explored. Along with observation of the cosmic microwave background, the quantitative characterisation of the large scale structure of the Universe via redshift surveys of galaxies and clusters and weak lensing measurements are surely the methods that promise the best results in this field, thanks to the large surveys either underway or planned.

First detection of the simplest organic acid in the protoplanetary disk surrounding a Sun-like young star

Jul 16, 2018

First detection of the simplest organic acid in the protoplanetary disk surrounding a Sun-like young star Using ALMA, an international group of astronomers have reported the first detection of formic acid towards the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disk, located at only 190 light years from our Sun

The Governor-General of Australia visits INAF in Rome

Jun 27, 2018

The Governor-General of Australia visits INAF in Rome His Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, and his wife, Lady Cosgrove, today visited the Headquarters of INAF, the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics

THESEUS: a new window on the early Universe and the multi-messenger transient sky

May 10, 2018

THESEUS: a new window on the early Universe and the multi-messenger transient sky The European Space Agency announced the three space missions selected for ESA’s fifth medium class mission in its Cosmic Vision science programme. One of them is THESEUS, in which the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics plays a major role