I’m contributing to #Darkbites, a series of social media posts that will highlight the papers describing the Dark Energy Survey’s Year 3 galaxy clustering and weak lensing analysis. I’m working with Ross Cawthon (Wisconson) and Chihway Chang (Chicago) to coordinate this project, and a number of other DES members are contributing artwork and writing. I edited the text of a large fraction of the ~30 posts and contributed artwork for about a quarter of them. I’m planning on uploading that artwork here as the posts become public.

The twitter thread of the Y3 Darkbites posts begins here. The same images are also being shared on the DES facebook and instagram pages.

This image was used as part of the post introducing the Darkbites series:

alt="Cartoon zoom window with self portraits of the darkbites contributors shown in each panel."

Each of the contributors drew their own self portrait. I drew the laptop and zoom setup, and inserted the individual drawings into the collage. The associated text was:

Thanks to @astroalexamon @CosmoloGirl and Niall for curating the excellent #thisisDES series! If you missed it, be sure to check out their of posts about the journey to DES science: https://twitter.com/theDESurvey/status/1317886835599712256

Now that we’ve completed that cosmological journey, we’re going to shift gears to feature some of the papers that have been released for the DES Year 3 (Y3) analysis.

To do this we’ll be reviving the #Darkbites series, which we’ve used in the past to post a weekly illustration of a fun fact related to DES science. If you’d like to see previous #darkbites illustrations, you can find them here: https://www.darkenergysurvey.org/education/darkbites/

This time #Darkbites will be a little different, in that the posts will be themed around papers that document the results and methods of the DES Y3 analysis. A couple times a week we’ll post a cartoon and short description, along with a link to the associated paper.

Like all things in DES, #darkbites is a product of teamwork! Ross Cawthon (Wisconsin) is coordinating posts, and our illustrators are Chihway Chang, Dimitros Tanoglidis, Louise Gagnon (all at Chicago), @jlynnmuir (Stanford), and Eric Baxter (Hawaii).

Authors of many papers have also contributed writing and ideas for illustrations! More info about the papers can be found on the DES website: https://www.darkenergysurvey.org/des-year-3-cosmology-results-papers/.