Dark Matter

WIMPS vs. Axions: What is dark matter?

Dark matter rules every galaxy. But what exactly is it? Astronomers believe it to be some kind of new, exotic…

1 week ago

How did Supermassive Black Holes Form? Collapsing Dark Matter Halos can Explain Them

We don't quite understand how the first supermassive black holes formed so quickly in the young universe. So a team…

2 weeks ago

The Milky Way’s Central bar Spin-Rate is Slowing Down Thanks to Dark Matter

If it were't for an enormous halo of dark matter enveloping our galaxy, the spin-rate of our central bar should…

2 weeks ago

Dark Energy Survey is out. 29 Papers Covering 226 Million Galaxies Across 7 Billion Light-Years of Space

Cosmology is now stranger to large scale surveys.  The discipline prides itself on data collection, and when the data it…

2 months ago

A Dark Matter map of our Local Cosmic Neighborhood

A new simulation by a team of astrophysicists has resulted in the most detailed 3D map of the cosmic web,…

2 months ago

New All-Sky Map of the Milky Way’s Galactic Halo

The outer reaches of the Milky Way galaxy are a different place.  Stars are much harder to come by, with…

3 months ago

Jupiter Could Make an Ideal Dark Matter Detector

So, you want to find dark matter, but you don't know where to look? A giant planet might be exactly…

4 months ago

Is Dark Matter Responsible for Extra Gamma Rays Coming From the Center of the Milky Way?

For years astronomers have puzzled over a strange excess of gamma rays coming from the galactic center. Annihilating dark matter…

4 months ago

Did Supermassive Black Holes Form Directly From Dark Matter?

Supermassive black holes are just a little bit too supermassive - astronomers have difficulty explaining how they got so big…

5 months ago

An Exotic Explanation for the Most Extreme Gravitational Wave Detected so far

A new study proposes an exotic boson star to explain the largest gravitational wave merger we've observed.

5 months ago