Using Exoplanets as Dark Matter Detectors

May 18, 2021

Using Exoplanets as Dark Matter Detectors

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This exoplanet, a gas giant called GJ 504b, is about 57 light-years away from Earth. Exoplanets like this may help researchers find and measure dark matter.
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Dark matter makes up roughly 80% of the universe’s mass, yet it can’t be directly observed. New research led by Juri Smirnov, a fellow at the Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, suggests new insights into dark matter could be found by measuring its effect on the temperature of exoplanets.

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