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Thoughts On Dark Matter – What the Hell Is Dark Matter?

    Thoughts On Dark Matter – What the Hell Is Dark Matter? By Lance Winslow Dark Matter is matter that we cannot see because it doesn’t reflect light, so our sensors cannot reveal it. Dark Energy is energy in the Universe that we know must exist but cannot see and currently don’t completely understand. Recently, I was asked this…

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Mapping The Invisible Strands Of The Cosmic Web

    Mapping The Invisible Strands Of The Cosmic Web By Judith E Braffman-Miller On a clear, dark night, the sky above Earth blazes with the brilliant, distant fires of a million, billion, trillion stars–but starlight can be a liar. In fact, most of the Universe is dark–composed of mysterious, invisible material, the nature of which is unknown. Luminous objects,…

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Galaxies On The Edge

    Galaxies On The Edge By Judith E Braffman-Miller Glittering like a trillion fireflies on a summer’s night, the galaxies of the Universe host a swarming multitude of dazzling stars, and these stellar performers do their strange cosmic dance within an invisible structure called the Great Cosmic Web. This enormous web-like structure is woven of extremely massive, transparent filaments…

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A Dwarf Galaxy Reveals The Universe’s Secrets

A Dwarf Galaxy Reveals The Universe’s Secrets By Judith E Braffman-Miller The shining star-splattered galaxies of the observable Universe switched on long ago, and lit up the primordial Cosmos when it was less than a billion years old. The observable (visible) Universe is really only the relatively small region of the gigantic, unexplored, and unreachable Cosmos that we can see–we…

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The Mystery Of Our (Mostly) Missing Universe

Almost 14 billion years ago, our Universe burst into existence in the form of an unimaginably tiny soup of densely packed, searing-hot particles, commonly referred to as “the fireball”. Spacetime has been expanding–and cooling off–from this original brilliant, fiery, glaring state ever since.

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Learning About Our Baby Milky Way From Galaxies Far, Far Away

Learning About Our Baby Milky Way From Galaxies Far, Far Away By Judith E Braffman-Miller Our Milky Way Galaxy is only one of billions of other galaxies in the Universe. Nevertheless, it is very precious to us because it is our planet’s home–and when we stare up at the night sky, far away from the lights of a city, we…

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Mysterious Dark Matter Is Missing In Ancient Galaxies

Mysterious Dark Matter Is Missing In Ancient Galaxies By Judith E Braffman-Miller The Universe keeps its secrets well. Long before there was anything around with eyes to see, the galaxies formed, and the myriad of sparkling, brilliant stars were born–lighting up what had previously been a barren swath of featureless darkness. The most widely accepted theory of how the galaxies…

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How A Vast, Mysterious Cloud Got Its Glow

How A Vast, Mysterious Cloud Got Its Glow By Judith E Braffman-Miller The Universe beckons us with its tantalizing abundance of haunting, captivating mysteries that beg to be solved–and a newly discovered weird mammoth of a beautiful glowing cloud, termed an Enormous Lyman-alpha Nebula (ELAN) provides the scientific detectives among us with just such an irresistible mystery. ELAN’s are enormous…

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