Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievement Award presented to Edinburgh Led Team

The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey Team has been named as the first recipient of a new Group Achievement Award presented by the Royal Astronomical Society. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by large consortia in any branch of astronomy or geophysics where it is not appropriate to present, jointly, one of the other awards of the Society.

The Survey Team includes scientists at the Institute for Astronomy at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and at many other British universities as well as institutions in Australia and the USA. Between 1995 and 2002 the team used the two-degree field spectroscopic facility on the Anglo-Australian Telescope to measure the distances and distribution of approximately 220,000 galaxies. They were able to develop a map of a large part of the 'local' Universe, showing how galaxies are found in clusters and superclusters. The team's results have revolutionised our understanding of the roles of normal and dark matter in the evolution of the Cosmos, and have enabled astronomers to measure far more accurately than before, the proportions of normal matter (5%), dark matter (20%) and dark energy (75%) in the Universe.

Professor John Peacock leader of the survey team will represent the team at an awards ceremony in Belfast on 3 April.

Survey map

A map of over 220,000 galaxies produced by the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey Team.