Latest Dark matter Stories

Colliding Galaxies Create Supermassive Black Holes
2013-10-23 16:17:25

At the center of almost every galaxy we have studied is a black hole of such magnitude that the traditional black hole progenitor does not seem likely. These aptly named supermassive black holes can reach millions or billions of times the mass of our Sun.

Twisted Path Ancient Light Mapped
2013-10-23 09:11:27

When astronomers peer into the deepest regions of the cosmos they are not seeing the Universe as it exists today, but rather how it looked billions of years ago.

Molecular Cloud Explains Star Formation
2013-10-22 12:16:19

The molecular clouds that float about the universe hold the ingredients for star formation, say researchers at University of California, San Diego.

ESA Shutting Down Planck Space Telescope
2013-10-18 16:29:49

After four years surveying the Universe for the European Space Agency, the Planck space telescope’s Low Frequency Instrument will be turned off on Saturday.

Astronomers Use Gravitational Lensing To Weigh Most Distant Galaxy
2013-10-17 14:57:54

Gravitational lensing is a technique used by astronomers that was first predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. Now astronomers have weighed one of the most distant galaxies in the universe using the specialized method.

Light From Infant Universe
2013-10-01 13:00:07

Astronomers report that they have detected a subtle signal from the Big Bang for the first time, giving a glimpse into the first moments of the Universe.

Dark Matter Evidence From Galaxy Cluster Abell 1689
2013-09-13 03:56:51

Astronomers studying a new image of the massive galaxy cluster Abell 1689 have revealed the largest known population of globular clusters to date, NASA reported on Thursday.

Clumpy Structure Makes Disk Galaxies Look Alike Over Time
2013-09-12 06:49:36

Researchers at Iowa State University and IBM have identified why virtually all disk galaxies grow out of their irregular, clumped appearance, and why their older stars acquire the same smooth look as they fade from a bright center to a faint edge.

NASA Scientists Discover Cool Brown Dwarfs That Are Still Pretty Warm
2013-09-06 11:02:56

Two years ago NASA scientists revealed a new class of stars, dubbed ‘Y dwarfs’, thought to be about as warm as the human body. However, newly published research indicates that these cold stars are probably a bit warmer than the boiling point of water.

Latest Dark matter Reference Libraries

2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: The Hubble Extreme Deep Field (XDF) was completed in September 2012 and shows the farthest galaxies ever photographed by humans. Each speck of light in the photo is an individual galaxy, some of them as old as 13.2 billion years; the observable universe is estimated to contain more than 200 billion galaxies. Credit: NASA/Wikipedia What is Cosmology? I once commented to an acquaintance that I was fascinated by the field of Cosmology, and mused that if I had more time, I...

2010-09-13 16:56:08

The Coma Cluster (Abell 1656), along with the Leo Cluster, is one of two major clusters compromising the Coma Supercluster. It contains over 1000 identified galaxies. Most of the galaxies in the center of the Coma Cluster are elliptical galaxies including both dwarf and giant. However the center is dominated by NGC 4874 and NGC 4889, two giant elliptical galaxies. The brightest galaxies are visible, a few degrees north of the galactic pole, with an amateur telescope larger than 20 cm. The...

2010-09-07 17:31:13

The Bullet Cluster is made up of two colliding clusters galaxies. According to a 2006 study, the Bullet Cluster also shows the best evidence for the existence of Dark Matter. From observations of galaxy cluster collisions it has been found that many show displacement between their center of visible matter and their gravitational potential. Each component, stars, gas, and dark matter, within a cluster pair behaves differently during a collision allowing for each to be studied separately....

2010-09-07 17:03:18

The Abell 520 galaxy cluster is an strange structure formed by a major merger. Due to its odd and chaotic nature it has been given the nick-name the Train Wreck Cluster. The Dark Matter within the cluster does not act as expected like it does in other clusters, therefore, Abell 520 creates problems for many of the prevailing theories about Dark Matter. It also disrupts many alternative theories of modified gravity. Similar to the Bullet Cluster the gas contents and galaxies within the...

2010-09-13 16:46:47

The cluster CL0024+17, located in Pisces, is a galaxy cluster that is allowing astronomers to probe the distribution of dark matter in space. Dark matter does not reflect light and therefore cannot be seen. It is only detectable by the way its gravity affects the lights around it. Using gravitational lensing astronomers observe the distorted light around the dark matter and are able to tell where it is located within a cluster. A dark matter ring found near the cluster's center, by...

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