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What Is Dark Matter? Astronomers Are One Step Closer to Understanding Mysterious Phenomena

Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Science with 6 Comments

By Kelly Dickerson | Mic


Astronomers may have detected signatures of elusive dark matter — a mysterious, invisible material that permeates the universe, but has so far proved undetectable.

If the results are confirmed, scientists will have a better idea of what dark matter is and how we might be able to directly observe it.

Even though we can't see dark matter, we know it exists because we can measure its gravitational effect on visible matter. Galaxies in our observable universe are rotating way too fast for the gravity of their visible matter to be enough to hold them together. Based on the matter we can see, these galaxies should have flown apart and dissolved long ago.

So, clearly, something else is helping hold these galaxies together — and astronomers think that something is the gravitational pull of dark matter. In fact, astronomers estimate the matter we can see makes up only about 5% of the universe, while dark matter makes up 27%. (The other 68% is tied up in something called dark energy.)

Detecting dark matter: One of the most popular dark matter theories is that it is composed ofweakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, that annihilate each other when they collide. Those collisions should create a type of detectable high-energy radiation in the form of gamma rays.

A team of astronomers studying the distribution of gamma ray emissions near the center of the Milky Way found a huge gamma ray burst signature that might be evidence of such dark matter collisions

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  1.' Matthew Steven Lanter says:

    Had a great explanation of it by a light being in a DMT vision… Ask away!

  2.' Rylan Bledsoe says:

    Phase conjugate mirroring

  3.' Willy Watson says:


  4.' Sayit Dover says:

    Sometimes, when I eat certain things, I actually CREATE dark matter.

  5.' Anjan Kumar Sarkar says:

    still to detect a lot…only 27% matter&68% energy…what a huge

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