The Dark Galaxy

Most of the matter in the universe appears to be missing, based on mathematical models that tell scientists there simply has to be more mass out there than we are seeing. Of this, less than two percent appears to be of the type we are all familiar with, the normal matter that makes up visible galaxies, stars, planets, and people.

The remaining and mysterious mass may come in two forms: dark matter and dark energy. Scientists recently discovered what appears to be an invisible galaxy. This galaxy has no visible stars, but radio telescopes have discovered the cold signature of hydrogen clouds. Scientists believe there has to be an even larger constituent of dark matter present (as the regular matter hydrogen is only a small percentage of the entire mass calculated from the object’s rapid rotation.) If this dark matter/cold hydrogen galaxy is confirmed, we could be one step closer to better understanding the composition of the universe.

A test episode entitled “Dark Matter, the Other White Meat – Show #-3 ½” of the upcoming “Slacker Astronomy” podcast describes the finding in amusing detail. Look for the podcast from real astronomers about real astronomy to officially debut in a couple weeks.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).