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BOSS measures the universe to 1-percent accuracy
January 8, 2014
The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), led by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is the largest component of the third Sloan Digital Sky Survey. BOSS has measured the clustering of nearly 1.3 million galaxies spectroscopically, determining the "standard ruler" of the universe's large-scale structure to within 1 percent. This is the most precise such measurement ever made and likely to be the standard for years to come.
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