Charting the uncharted universe. We’re on it.

Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam - CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

95% of the cosmos is shrouded in mystery – until now. See how the Euclid satellite is illuminating the dark universe.

After centuries spent studying the stars, 95% of the cosmos remains unseen – until now. The Euclid satellite is on a mission to illuminate the dark matter that makes up most of our universe. Equipped with a super-high-resolution telescope, Euclid will unveil the secret structures that remain so elusive to scientists – and help us answer how the universe came to be. 

Euclid will measure

1.5 billion galaxies

over an area that spans a third of the sky (Euclid Consortium)

A mission lasting

6.5+ years

collecting data for over 2,500 scientists spanning more than 15 countries (Euclid Consortium) 

Scientists expect to identify


solar system bodies (Euclid Consortium)

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The Euclid (satellite) will provide a huge step forward in our understanding of the components of our universe that do not interact with light.

Dr. Will Percival

Dr. Will Percival standing in front of a chalkboard with scientific formulas written on it

Dr. Will Percival studies the entire Universe, from its beginning after the Big Bang to the way it's changing and evolving today. Percival is a Distinguished Research Chair in Astrophysics and Director of the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics.

Image credit: European Space Agency

Understanding the dark

The universe is full of mysteries, with 95% hidden from our view. It's made up of two important things: dark matter and dark energy. Dark matter is an unseen form of matter that doesn't interact with light. This mysterious substance plays a vital role in the creation of cosmic structures like galaxies and galaxy clusters. Then there's dark energy, a hypothetical form of energy that physicists propose is the secret fuel and force accelerating the universe's expansion. (European Space Agency)

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