So That’s What Dark Matter Looks Like…

2007 January 10
by CajoleJuice

Just kidding. Here’s the real image.

And here’s the link to the article. And another.

Basically, dark matter is the stuff that holds the universe together, even though we can’t even see it. I honestly don’t even understand what that picture actually is, but apparently it is the framework from which everything we can actually see – stars, galaxies, the whole universe – is built upon. The Hubble Space Telescope is pretty awesome. Astronomers used a technique called “gravitational lensing,” which is the bending of light by gravity as it travels through space, to make a model of a massive area of space. The picture created is not too surprising to scientists, as they state that it’s just what they expected, but I guess it’s cool…

This stuff is just so hard to grasp…

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  • Darmok

    Haha you know what, when I was writing my own post on dark matter, I was considering illustrating it like you did! I ultimately decided not to, but now I’m regretting that decision.

  • CajoleJuice

    It was too easy. I just had to do it.