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2006-04-06 11:59:14

First results from the Arecibo Galaxy Environment Survey (AGES) suggest the discovery of a new dark galaxy.  The AGES survey, which started in January 2006, is the most sensitive, large-scale survey of neutral hydrogen to date.  Neutral hydrogen is found in most galaxies and it is a key tool in the search for dark galaxies as it can be detected even when there are no stars or other radiation sources to "shine a light" on matter.  The new candidate dark galaxy is located near...

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2005-02-24 00:45:00

PPARC -- A British-led team of astronomers have discovered an object that appears to be an invisible galaxy made almost entirely of dark matter - the first ever detected. A dark galaxy is an area in the universe containing a large amount of mass that rotates like a galaxy, but contains no stars. Without any stars to give light, it could only be found using radio telescopes. It was first seen with the University of Manchester's Lovell Telescope in Cheshire, and the sighting was confirmed with...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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