What if there is more than one cosmological agent for dark energy? This mixture would have strange effects in our universe, making it potentially detectable with upcoming surveys.
Roughly 80 percent of the mass of the universe appears to be dark matter: an invisible material that seems to interact with ordinary matter only through gravity, without emitting light or energy. Scientists cannot detect dark matter directly and don't yet know what it's made of, but they track its influence based on the motions of stars and galaxies. The presence of dark matter is necessary to explain the universe's current structure.
The search for dark matter is at a crossroads. Now, physicists have a new way to tell what the invisible stuff is made of.
New theory suggests cosmic bubbles during the birth of our universe are responsible for creating dark matter.
A pair of astronomers is advocating a daring new research program: to turn our widening search for life beyond Earth into a hunt for dark matter.
Scientists have conducted a new cosmos-wide matter census, finding that the stuff makes up 31% of our universe.
Once again, scientists have realized that when it comes to dark matter, they are missing a piece or two of the puzzle.
The imaging sensors for the future Vera C. Rubin Observatory have taken their record-breaking first photos.
Right now, key measurements of the universe's expansion are contradicting each other. A lost form of dark matter could help them agree.
A key signal for a certain kind of dark matter failed to turn up in a search throughout the Milky Way. Now scientists are disagreeing about what that means.
Earthly slime mold models have helped astronomers map the cosmic web that connects galaxies throughout the universe.
Researchers think that a newly identified subatomic particle may have formed the universe's dark matter right after the Big Bang, approximately 13.8 billion years ago.
There's a faint gamma-ray background in the universe, and scientists now think it could be caused by dark matter.
It turns out that dark matter forms smaller "clumps" than scientists thought, confirming a fundamental prediction about the mysterious substance.
A U.S. facility — designed in part to solve the mysteries of dark matter — now officially carries the name of the scientist who concluded that the elusive substance must exist.
Nineteen newly discovered dwarf galaxies seem to be missing their dark matter, and physicists aren't sure why.