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Members of ISSA join the KiDS Consortium
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The University of Malta’s Institute of Space Science and Astronomy (ISSA) members, in collaboration with the Department of Physics, has recently joined the KiDS Consortium. KiDS, the Kilo-Degree Survey, is a new, large-scale optical imaging survey in the Southern Sky designed to tackle some of the most fundamental questions of cosmology and galaxy formation of today.

Using the VLT Survey Telescope (VST), located at the ESO Paranal Observatory, KiDS will map 1500 square degrees of the night sky in four filters.The survey aims to cover this large area to a depth of 2.5 magnitudes deeper than the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), with considerably better image quality. The primary science driver for the design of this project has been weak gravitational lensing.

The KiDS survey is currently ongoing and will take a few years to complete. The role of ISSA is to contribute to the various stages of the weak lensing analysis pipeline. Specifically, this includes image simulations and image processing algorithms.

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 VST Telescope

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST)


 Tudorica Galaxy 

A galaxy image taken during the initial stages of KiDS  


Last Updated: 20 October 2014

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