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Dark Matter Search

Dark Matter Search

Depicts: Field in the constellation Eridanus
Copyright: J. Bahcall, Institute for Advance Study, Princeton and NASA

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A Hubble Space Telescope image of a randomly selected area of sky taken to search for faint red stars that might constitute dark matter in our Milky Way Galaxy. (Dark matter is material of an unknown type that makes up most of the mass of our galaxy).

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The unmodified HST image shows the region is actually so devoid of stars that far more distant background galaxies can easily be seen. The field is in the constellation Eridanus, far outside the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
6-Dec-2023 13:28 UT

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