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Are dark matter and dark energy related in anything apart from name?


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Are dark matter and dark energy related in anything apart from name?

Field notes from space-time | There is no law of physics dictating that dark matter and dark energy can’t be connected, and it is natural to wonder about it, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Physics | Comment 1 January 2020 By Chanda Prescod-Weinstein This dwarf spheroidal galaxy in the constellation Fornax is a satellite of our Milky…

Are dark matter and dark energy related in anything apart from name?

Field notes from space-time | There is no law of physics dictating that dark matter and dark energy can’t be connected, and it is natural to wonder about it, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein



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1 January 2020

By Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

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This dwarf spheroidal galaxy in the constellation Fornax is a satellite of our Milky Way and is one of 10 used in Fermi’s dark matter search. The motions of the galaxy’s stars indicate that it is embedded in a massive halo of matter that cannot be seen.

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DARK matter and dark energy are mysterious phenomena that have captured the attention of astronomers, cosmologists and particle physicists for decades and they both have the word “dark” in them, so they must be related right?

After my last column, a curious reader wrote to me to ask about …

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