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New map lets scientists 'see' dark matter

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posted on Jan, 12 2008 @ 11:31 PM
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this is so cool!



VANCOUVER - Astronomers have looked 2.6 billion light years away to create one of the most detailed maps yet of the mysterious dark matter in the universe, something that fills much of the space between galaxies and perhaps holds together the universe.



A study headed by a University of British Columbia researcher is giving scientists a peek at dark matter's effects on distant galaxies.
New map lets scientists 'see' dark matter
UBC astronomer makes first map of dark matter
Astronomers get best look yet at dark matter surrounding galaxies
what do you guys think?
I'm sorry if this is has already been posted, i just find this very interesting!




posted on Jan, 14 2008 @ 05:05 PM
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Cool!



Hopefully we will learn more about this mysterious matter by mapping it more.
And the next strp is to map dark energy! If that's even possible.



posted on Jan, 14 2008 @ 11:21 PM
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Hi monster,
They're learning where to find dark matter, how it behaves and what effect it has on visible matter. It behaves like visible matter in that it has gravity and bends light. Stars and galaxies are drawn to it thus causing violent events. Interesting stuff! Now if only had some idea what it is and what other properties it has!



posted on Jan, 18 2008 @ 06:50 PM
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I'm really interested in the unkown, such as things like dark matter and hopefully when I'm in college, I'll get to study cosmology and astronomy!


In high school there isn't any astronomy class or anything pertaining to galaxies and stars. There's biology and chemistry, which are kind of boring, but physical science and physics are a little better.



posted on Jan, 18 2008 @ 06:52 PM
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im curious to know if dark matter is an actual mass of, well, mass and what it feels like, if anything?

so amazing to think of stuff like this and all the how? where? and wtf's

awesome post



posted on Jan, 18 2008 @ 07:01 PM
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It has mass because it bends the fabric of space/time, which we call gravity.


It just doesn't emit or reflect any electromagnetic radiation (light) and I'm interested in why it doesn't. I wish I could answer what is dark matter and why dark matter has the properties it does, but what are the odds of me figuring it out if no scientist on the planet knows what this mysterious matter is? And they've been looking for the answer for decades!



posted on Jan, 20 2008 @ 06:33 AM
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Originally posted by plumranch
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Hi monster,
They're learning where to find dark matter, how it behaves and what effect it has on visible matter. It behaves like visible matter in that it has gravity and bends light. Stars and galaxies are drawn to it thus causing violent events. Interesting stuff! Now if only had some idea what it is and what other properties it has!


It is simply matter which is at a lower temp or obscured by lower temp gas.


IT IS A CONTRAST EFFECT.

It is NOT dark matter.

No proof exists for dark matter.it is pure fiction.



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