Hubble Makes Unexpected Dark Matter Discovery

  • Released Thursday, September 10, 2020

Astronomers seem to have revealed a puzzling detail in the way dark matter behaves.

They found small, dense concentrations of dark matter that bend and magnify light much more strongly than expected.

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Visualizations and Additional Footage:
ESA/Hubble — Gravitational Lensing Animation
ESA/Hubble — Gravitational Lensing Simplified Visualization
R. Wesson/ESO — Very Large Telescope Footage

Music Credits:
“On the Path” by Bernhard Hering [GEMA] and Matthias Kruger [GEMA] via Berlin Production Music/Universal Production Music GmbH [GEMA]

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This page was originally published on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:44 PM EDT.


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