UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Researchers have recently released the most accurate map of our universe’s dark matter.
The Dark Energy Survey, or DES, released the map on Aug. 3.
It represents 1/30 of the entire sky, according to Phys.org, and is part of the survey results from the first year of a five-year study.
In simple terms, dark matter isn’t like traditional matter because it doesn’t interact with electromagnetic radiation like light. It does, however, interact with forces like gravity.
Much is still unknown about dark matter, but the survey’s results support the theory that 26 percent of our universe is made up of it.
Researchers say the map will help scientists understand the universe’s evolution over 14 billion years.
One DES researcher Scott Dodelson of Fermilab called the results exciting, saying, “For the first time, we’re able to see the current structure of the universe with the same clarity that we can see its infancy.”