New Hubble images add to the dark matter puzzle

The images and our best computer models don't agree.

  • Scientists can detect the gravitational effects of invisible dark matter.
  • Dark matter causes visual distortions of what's behind it.
  • The greater the distortion, the greater the amount of dark matter. Maybe.
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    The mind-blowing science of black holes

    What we know about black holes is both fascinating and scary.

    • When it comes to black holes, science simultaneously knows so much and so little, which is why they are so fascinating. Focusing on what we do know, this group of astronomers, educators, and physicists share some of the most incredible facts about the powerful and mysterious objects.
    • A black hole is so massive that light (and anything else it swallows) can't escape, says Bill Nye. You can't see a black hole, theoretical physicists Michio Kaku and Christophe Galfard explain, because it is too dark. What you can see, however, is the distortion of light around it caused by its extreme gravity.
    • Explaining one unsettling concept from astrophysics called spaghettification, astronomer Michelle Thaller says that "If you got close to a black hole there would be tides over your body that small that would rip you apart into basically a strand of spaghetti that would fall down the black hole."

    3 mind-blowing space facts with Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Tyson dives into the search for alien life, dark matter, and the physics of football.

    • Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joins us to talk about one of our favorite subjects: space.
    • In the three-chaptered video, Tyson speaks about the search for alien life inside and outside of the Goldilocks Zone, why the term "dark matter" should really be called "dark gravity," and how the rotation of the Earth may have been the deciding factor in a football game.
    • These fascinating space facts, as well as others shared in Tyson's books, make it easier for everyone to grasp complex ideas that are literally out of this world.
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    Planet Nine will be discovered in the next decade. Here’s why.

    The planet that we are searching for is a little bit smaller and closer than we originally thought.

    • Years ago, California Institute of Technology professor Konstantin Batygin was inspired to embark on a journey of discovering what lurked beyond Neptune. What he and his collaborator discovered was a strange field of debris.
    • This field of debris exhibited a clustering of orbits, and something was keeping these orbits confined. The only plausible source would be the gravitational pull of an extra planet—Planet Nine.
    • While Planet Nine hasn't been found directly, the pieces of the puzzle are coming together. And Batygin is confident we'll return to a nine-planet solar system within the next decade.
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    Scientists discover a new way to search for dark matter

    Have we already found dark matter? It may be hiding in existing data, says a study.

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    • A new study proposes to look for dark matter during the process of scattering.
    • The scientists think dark matter indicators could be hiding in existing data.
    • The researchers aim to adapt current experiments to find the elusive particles.
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