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Release No.: 2020-21
For Release: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 11:00am

Scientists "Zoom In" On Dark Matter, Revealing the Invisible Skeleton of the Universe

"Zoomed in, computer-generated simulation of the distribution of dark matter in the universe, also referred to as the "cosmic web." The small, spherical blobs of dark matter that appeared scattered throughout the image are identified by scientists as dark matter haloes."

J. Wang; S. Bose/CfA.

"Zoomed in, computer-generated simulation of the distribution of dark matter in the universe, also referred to as the 'cosmic web.' Top right inset: The primary magnification for the project reveals spherical blobs that appear scattered throughout the image and are identified by scientists as dark matter haloes. Bottom left inset: The highest level of magnification revealed tiny yellow blobs, or Earth-mass dark matter haloes as they would appear in the universe today. While they exist in the corresponding region of the background, they are visible only after zooming in several times. This is the first time these objects have ever been produced in a numerical simulation."

J. Wang, S. Bose/CfA