Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dark Matter Filament Found

Hey Space Placers!

Aurora were visible in the U.S. last night but I had cloud cover so couldn't tell if VA was included.

Follow the link to read about the detection of a dark matter filament that was recently found that runs between two galaxy clusters. It is a big find that will help astronomers in their quest to solve the mystery of dark matter which comprises 70+%of the matter in the Universe.

A filament of dark matter has been directly detected between the galaxy clusters Abell 222 and Abell 223. The blue shading and yellow contour lines represent the density of matter. Image credit: Jörg Dietrich, U-M Department of Physics

The filament was found due to gravitational lensing that allowed the filament to be detected between two large galaxy clusters. This filament is part of the structure that connects galactic clusters in space.

Sky Guy in VA

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