Dr Chris Pattison

Dr Chris Pattison is a Research Software Engineer who has written code for the mission

31 July 2023

2 minute read

A University of Portsmouth astronomer and Youtuber analyses the first images from Europe’s new space telescope, Euclid. 

Dr Chris Pattison from the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) is a Research Software Engineer who has written code for the mission.

He said: “These images are incredibly exciting for all of us, and are the culmination of over a decade of work across Europe. They are the first in-focus images from Euclid, and show us a snapshot of what the telescope is capable of. These are only short exposures and the clarity and resolution is already amazing, so seeing longer exposures when the survey starts is a very exciting prospect.”

Dr Pattison has his own YouTube channel, which he uses to talk about all things astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. 

FIRST IMAGES From Euclid Space Telescope

In his latest video, he talks about Euclid - the six-year mission to study two of the universe’s greatest mysteries - dark matter and dark energy. 

He added: “There is still more commissioning to be done, and then Euclid will begin its mission to create the largest 3D map of the universe ever. I can't wait to see what it sees and teaches about the universe very soon!”