Dark Matter Shapes Galaxies

Scientists investigating how the shape of dark matter affects the motion of stars in the centre of some galaxies (stellar bars) have found that out-of-plane bending can be explained through dark matter halos in barred galaxies.

Out of plane bending of the bar in barred galaxies is a rare violent bar thickening mechanism known as buckling.

A dark halo is the inferred halo of invisible material (dark matter) that permeates and surrounds individual galaxies, as well as groups and clusters of galaxies.

About Dark Matter:

Dark matter, though never detected, is believed to be present in the entire universe.

It is presumed that primordial black holes, those that were formed in the early age of the universe, are a source of dark matter. It was proposed by Professor Stephen Hawking.

It is believed that combined with dark energy, it makes up more than 95% of the universe.

Its gravitational force prevents stars in our Milky Way from flying apart.

However, attempts to detect such dark matter particles using underground experiments, or accelerator experiments including the world’s largest accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), have failed so far.

About Dark Energy:

The Big Bang occurred nearly 15 billion years ago and expanded.

Earlier, astronomers believed that eventually the expansion of the Universe will slow down because of gravity and it will recollapse.

However, data from the Hubble Telescope suggested that the Universe’s expansion is accelerating.

The astronomers theorize that the faster expansion rate is due to a mysterious, dark force or energy that is pulling galaxies apart.

The term ‘dark’ is used to denote the unknown.

The following diagram reveals changes in the rate of expansion since the universe’s birth 15 billion years ago.

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