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The Milky Way may have less dark matter than astronomers thought

11 Jan 2021, 23:16 UTC
The Milky Way may have less dark matter than astronomers thought NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)

Our galaxy may have slightly less dark matter than researchers previously estimated. Measurements of how pulsars – rapidly spinning stars that emit beams of light – move as they orbit the centre of the Milky Way have demonstrated that the dark matter density in the plane of the galaxy’s disc is lower than expected.

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