by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 08 May 2013 Time: 07:00 AM ET
| Online volunteers at spacewarps.org will learn to spot the telltale signs of a space warp galaxy, which bends light around it like a lens. |
CREDIT: Space Warps Collaboration
Astronomers are calling for volunteers to help them search for "space warps," rare and distant galaxies that bend light around them like enormous lenses.
Citizen scientists participating in the Space Warps project, which launched May 8, could help shed light on the mysterious dark matter pervading the universe and aid into a number of other cosmic phenomena, organizers said.
"Not only do space warps act like lenses, magnifying the distant galaxies behind them, but we can also use the light they distort to weigh them, helping us to figure out how much dark matter they contain and how it’s distributed," Phil Marshall, a physicist at Oxford in England and one of Space Warps' leaders, said in a statement.
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