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Friday, July 6, 2007

Hubble Finds Ring of "Dark Matter"

Scientists have suspected the existence of dark matter for some time. Now they have visual proof, thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Dark matter has "...a unique structure that is different from the gas and galaxies in the cluster," said M. James Jee, Johns Hopkins University astronomer.

The ring has a massive width -- 2.6 million light-years across -- and was discovered in the cluster ZwCl0024+1652. The cluster is 5 billion light-years distant from Earth.


For more information, click the link below for an article on Wired Science: http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/05/hubble_finds_la.html

2 comments:

  1. Oh, that is such a cool picture, Laurie.
    :o)

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  2. Yes, a bit spooky isnt' it?

    It reminded me of McClellan's Void in GAMES OF COMMAND. :)

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