Wednesday, April 11, 2007

3D map of the Universe’s dark matter

This three-dimensional map, offers a first look at the web-like large-scale distribution of dark matter, an invisible form of matter that accounts for most of the Universe’s mass. and what a poetic way of describing it: 'The map reveals a loose network of dark matter filaments, gradually collapsing under the relentless pull of gravity, and growing clumpier over time.'

This confirms theories of how structure formed in our evolving Universe, which has transitioned from a comparatively smooth distribution of matter at the time of the big bang. read more

via Robert Horvitz (don't miss his drawings - via dataisnature)

1 comment:

Princess Haiku said...

Starquakes. Intriguing this.