In July, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Euclid telescope, positioning it a remarkable 1 million miles from Earth. This mission aims to unravel the mysteries of the universe by creating a detailed 3D map of its hidden “dark side.” Euclid’s perspective covers an area 100 times larger than NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Recently, it shared its first pictures, unveiling stellar nurseries, expansive galaxy groups, and distant stars, providing a unique glimpse into space.

During its mission, Euclid explored the Perseus Cluster, 240 million light-years away, and studied the Hidden Galaxy, IC 342, veiled in dust and gas. It also examined NGC 6822, an irregular dwarf galaxy from the universe’s early days, providing detailed information about these cosmic mysteries. Euclid, named after the ancient Greek mathematician, is on a six-year mission to survey one-third of the sky. Using its NISP tool, Euclid captures vibrant color images, exploring more space in days than the Hubble Space Telescope. The goal is to craft the most extensive 3D map, revealing insights into the vast cosmic world.