Dark matter mapped in unprecedented detail
April 16, 2015

Dark matter mapped in unprecedented detail

This is the first Dark Energy Survey map to trace the detailed distribution of dark matter across a large area of sky. The color scale represents projected mass density: red and yellow represent regions with more dense matter. Clusters of galaxies are represented by gray dots on the map. Image Credit: Dark Energy Survey

A team of scientists associated with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) — a multinational collaboration of research institutes in the U.S. and Europe — have released the first in a series of “dark matter maps” of the universe. The maps, part of an ambitious effort to map the distribution of dark matter across the cosmos, were…

Image Credit: Dark Energy Survey

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