Have you ever heard of dark matter?

If so, how much do you know about the matter that makes up the majority of the mass in our universe?

"Astronomers observed what appeared to be a clump of dark matter left behind during a bizarre wreck between massive clusters of galaxies."

What appears to be a clump of dark matter left behind after the collision between two clusters of galaxies.
Source: HUBBLESITE

The mystery of dark matter lies in its almost undetectable presence all around us. It doesn’t reflect light, it doesn’t emit light, and it doesn’t appear to interact with other matter in a significant way. Without it though, the stars of our galaxy would be flung across space.

So, what is this mysterious matter that keeps our galaxy together? Here is EWC favorite, TED-Ed with an in-depth (but approachable) explanation of dark matter…

Via: TED-ed 1

What a beautiful perspective on our place in the universe.

So very often the more we learn about the universe, the more we seem so insignificant. But there is a great beauty in understanding our unique place within the complex and beautiful landscape of our universe.

With so much left to be discovered, it is hard to imagine what we will be teaching children in 500 years about the world and universe that surrounds them. It seems an innate part of our human nature to explore, discover, and go where no other has gone before, and I, for one, am excited to see where that spirit of adventure will take us as our knowledge continues to expand!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “Dark Matter: The Matter We Can’t See – James Gillies.” YouTube. TED-Ed, 3 May 2013. Web. 03 Mar. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HneiEA1B8ks>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV