Missing Milky Way Dark Matter


8 november 2010


Although dark matter is inherently difficult to observe, an understanding of its properties (even if not its nature) allows astronomers to predict where

its effects should be felt.

The current understanding is that dark matter helped form the first galaxies by providing gravitational scaffolding in the early universe.

These galaxies were small and collapsed to form the larger galaxies we see today.

As galaxies grew large enough to shred incoming satellites and their dark matter, much of the dark matter should have been deposited in a flat structure in

spiral galaxies which would allow such galaxies to form dark components similar to the disk and halo.

However, a new study aimed at detecting the Milky Way‘s dark disk have come up empty.


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