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Hopkins scientists pursue origins of the universe
Hopkins scientists pursue origins of the universe

Johns Hopkins University scientists are building a telescope meant to look at space in a way no one has before, hoping to probe the blackness between planets, stars and galaxies, into deep time and the mystery of how it all began. For decades, scientists have used telescopes to plumb the origins of the universe, but have not applied the scale or precision of the project that will use a four-telescope array called the Cosmology Large-Angular Scale Surveyor, or CLASS, being built now at the university's Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy. Using this instrument, which will stand 24 feet tall on a Chilean desert as soon as this winter, researchers hope to map an infant cosmos as...