Abstract artwork of subatomic dark matter particle

Abstract artwork of subatomic dark matter particle

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This image is part of the feature Dark Matter Mine

Credit: LYNETTE COOK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dark matter. Illustration of a magnifying glass looking at dark matter made of subatomic particles, such as neutrinos or Weakly-Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), against a background of spiral galaxies. Dark matter is a theoretical concept used by cosmologists to explain why the stars in a galaxy stay together. The gravitational force within a galaxy can be determined by its rotational period. The mass of the stars can be calculated by measuring its luminosity. Cosmolo- gists estimate that only about 10% of the gravita- tional force holding galaxies together comes from visible mass. Some think that the other 90% comes from dark matter made of subatomic particles.

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Keywords: art, artwork, astronomy, cosmology, dark matter, galaxy, magnifying glass, neutrino, particles, role in cosmology, science, space, spiral galaxy, subatomic particle, universe, wimps

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