Geology before Pluto: Pre-encounter considerations
- Science & Technology
- SETI Institute, Mountain View CA
Tuesday, February 18 2014 - 12:00 pm, PST
One of the greatest accomplishments in recent astrophysics is the
creation of a model for the complete inventory of the Universe. All
the observational data tells us with extremely high certainty that
ordinary matter (every particle ever detected by every person who ever
lived) makes up only one fifth of all the matter there is. The rest
goes by the popular name of dark matter. Because it is dark, dark
matter has been notoriously hard to detect; it doesn't emit or reflect
radiation such as light or heat, and it can have only the feeblest of
interactions with itself and ordinary matter. So how do we know it is
there? In this talk, I will discuss how astronomers observe the invisible
matter in one of the true gems on the sky: a giant cluster of galaxies also called the Bullet Cluster.
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