Science NewsCurated by RSF Research Staff Home > Science News > Researchers capture first ‘image’ of a dark matter web that connects galaxies Researchers at the University of Waterloo have been able to capture the first composite image of a dark matter bridge that connects galaxies together. The scientists publish their work in a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The composite image, which combines a number of individual images, confirms predictions that galaxies across the universe are tied together through a cosmic web connected by dark matter that has until now remained unobservable. Dark matter, a mysterious substance that comprises around 25 per cent of the universe, doesn't shine, absorb or reflect light, which has traditionally made it largely undetectable, except through gravity. "For decades, researchers have been predicting the existence of dark-matter filaments between galaxies that act like a web-like superstructure connecting galaxies together," said Mike Hudson, a professor of astronomy at the University of Waterloo. "This image moves us beyond predictions to something we can see and measure." Article: https://phys.org/news/2017-04-capture-image-dark-web-galaxies.html#jCp Detecting the space-memory signal of past gravitational wavesMay 26, 2017Bioelectrical patterns shown to be instrumental in regeneration and complex morphogenesisMay 25, 2017Astronomers Create the Largest Map of the UniverseMay 23, 2017Mysterious star resumes anomalous dimming; astronomers world-wide set to measure light coming from the systemMay 22, 2017Detection of a coherent magnetic bridge between galaxiesMay 19, 2017 Sharing is caring - please share this with your friends: Facebook Twitter If you like this content, you will love the Resonance Academy.