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Dark Matter 101

Learn more about one of the most sought-after substances in the universe.

07/28/20

What dark matter is (probably) not

No one knows for sure what dark matter is. But we know we need something to explain what we see in the universe, and we’ve crossed a few ideas off of our list.

02/11/20

What we know about dark matter

Although scientists have yet to find the spooky stuff, they aren’t completely in the dark.

01/21/20

The other dark matter candidate

As technology improves, scientists discover new ways to search for theorized dark matter particles called axions.

01/07/20

Vera Rubin, giant of astronomy

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will be named for an influential astronomer who left the field better than she found it.

08/13/19

Testing DAMA

An Italian experiment has a 20-year signal of what could be dark matter—and scientists are embarking on their most promising efforts yet to confirm or refute its results.

01/16/18

Voyage into the dark sector

A hidden world of particles awaits.

09/05/17

What can particles tell us about the cosmos?

The minuscule and the immense can reveal quite a bit about each other.

07/18/17

Shaking the dark matter paradigm

A theory about gravity challenges our understanding of the universe.

04/04/17

WIMPs in the dark matter wind

We know which way the dark matter wind should blow. Now we just have to find it.

11/08/16

The origins of dark matter

Theorists think dark matter was forged in the hot aftermath of the Big Bang.

01/05/16

The booming science of dwarf galaxies

A recent uptick in the discovery of the smallest, oldest galaxies benefits studies of dark matter, galaxy formation and the evolution of the universe.  

12/01/15

What could dark matter be?

Scientists don’t yet know what dark matter is made of, but they are full of ideas.

09/17/15

Hitting the neutrino floor

Dark matter experiments are becoming so sensitive, even the ghostliest of particles will soon get in the way.

07/15/15

Miraculous WIMPs

What are WIMPs, and what makes them such popular dark matter candidates? 

04/09/15

Seeing dark matter without seeing

Indirect detection experiments might be the key to discovering invisible dark matter.

05/16/14

The search for dark matter at the LHC

When the Large Hadron Collider restarts, it will be an even more powerful dark-matter-hunting machine.

12/17/13

Four things you might not know about dark matter

How much do you really know about dark matter? Symmetry looks at one of the biggest remaining mysteries in particle physics.

11/18/13

Connecting the visible universe with dark matter

Does the visible photon have a counterpart, a dark photon, that interacts with the components of dark matter?

01/28/13

Illuminating the dark universe

The pursuit of dark matter and dark energy is one of the most exciting—and most challenging—areas of science. Now researchers think they’re beginning to close in.

03/01/09

Neutralino

Whereas matter on Earth and in stars is made of atoms and nuclei, scientists know that dark matter must be made of something else. Neutralinos are a prime candidate.

03/01/07

Dark matter

Dark matter seems to be abundant in the universe but has yet to be directly detected.