The hunt for dark matter started with astronomer Fritz Zwicky's observations of the Coma galaxy cluster in the 1930s. This recent image of the Coma cluster combines optical and X-ray observations from the Chandra mission.
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November 6, 2013 The hunt for dark matter started in the 1930s and shows no signs of ending any time soon. But physicist Marcelo Gleiser says our inability to pin down this key component to reality only makes it more alluring.
A section of the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment's detector during construction. The LUX detector sits a mile underneath the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Carlos H. Faham
November 5, 2013 We are awash in the unseen, a fact revealed to us by science. But there is more to discover. The hunt for dark matter is still on, says astrophysicist Adam Frank, despite news of another failed attempt to detect the mysterious stuff.
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