So within a year of the first confirmation of the Higgs Boson, we as a species may be discovering dark matter, that “stuff” that accounts for 25% of the matter in the universe but is undetectable by normal means.
Almost every simple definition of a galaxy would probably be something like “a collection of stars and star systems held together in a group”. But scientists have discovered that galaxies can contain almost nothing at all. Nothing but dust and dark matter.
The Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope recently produced a map of the night sky, and out of 1873 new sources, nearly 600 were complete mysteries. In this week’s ScienceCast, researchers speculate on the nature of the mystery objects – including the possibility that they’re made of dark matter.
That really is the finding at this point. In the search for dark matter, new data from the European collaborative project known as CRESST (Cryogenic Rare Event Search with Superconducting Thermometers) in Italy have found new evidence that’s either one step towards proving the existence of dark matter or possibly evidence that we’ve been barking up the wrong weak interacting massive particle.
Here we are, just a bunch of fleshbags on a tiny rock called Earth, hurtling around the Sun in our little corner of the universe. So it doesn’t make any damn sense why something as mysterious and cosmic in scope should sync itself with seasons on our planet. But according to two independent sources, it does. Lolwot?
You want evidence of dark matter? I’m selling some, but you probably can’t afford it. Might I suggest turning your eyes to the center of the Milky Way, where cosmologists seem to be pretty certain that they’ve detected some of the mysterious stuff. Maybe.