Potential Dark Matter Discovery Massive in Every Sense Of the Word

So yeah, Higgs Boson. That happened. Someone’s getting the Nobel. No question about it. If you don’t know why Higgs Boson is exciting and game changing for physics, Gizmodo hipped me to this video, watch it if you like to learn.

Cool, all good? Because something else happened on Wednesday. Nature magazine published that Jörg Dietrich, an astronomer at the University of Munich Observatory, and his team, have quite possibly observed the large-scale structure filament intersections in which galaxy clusters occur.

In English: Dark Matter. We, the species, have very, very possibly (assuming this new observation isn’t some instrumental artifact) observed one of the hidden tendrils that extend everywhere. The substrate of the Universe. The thread of creation.

Such tendrils of Dark Matter have theoretically been invisible because they lack density. But the team in Germany believe they have found a single tendril 18 megaparsecs long that sews two galaxies together, and that’s located 2.7 billion light-years away from Earth.

Two galaxie clusters, Abell 223 and Abell 222 seem to be sewn together with unimaginably long, dark, filament not visible to the human eye.

Physics World is being characteristically cautious, exploring the potential problems with the discovery.

Gizmodo is being characteristically enthusiastic, discussing in more detail just how the image of the dark filimant above has been observed and generated.

MSNBC has some great added details to round out your understanding of the hows and whys of the discovery.

Either way, between Higgs Boson and now this, it’s been a historical week for astronomy.

Posted on by Joshua Dysart Posted in Journal, Science & Tech

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