Hubble Makes Unexpected Dark Matter Discovery

  • Released Thursday, September 10th, 2020
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:44PM

Astronomers seem to have revealed a puzzling detail in the way dark matter behaves.

They found small, dense concentrations of dark matter that bend and magnify light much more strongly than expected.

For more information, visit https://nasa.gov/hubble.

Visualizations and Additional Footage:
ESA/Hubble — Gravitational Lensing Animation
ESA/Hubble — Gravitational Lensing Simplified Visualization
R. Wesson/ESO — Very Large Telescope Footage

Music Credits:
“On the Path” by Bernhard Hering [GEMA] and Matthias Kruger [GEMA] via Berlin Production Music/Universal Production Music GmbH [GEMA]

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


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