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By Charles Keeton

ISBN-10: 0813565340

ISBN-13: 9780813565347

 What’s within the dark?  numerous generations have gazed up on the evening sky and requested this question—the similar query that cosmologists ask themselves as they learn the universe. 

the reply seems to be excellent and wealthy. the gap among stars is stuffed with an unique substance referred to as “dark topic” that exerts gravity yet doesn't emit, take up, or mirror gentle. the gap among galaxies is rife with “dark power” that creates a type of cosmic antigravity inflicting the growth of the universe to speed up. jointly, darkish topic and darkish power account for ninety five percentage of the content material of the universe. information newshounds and technology reporters typically speak about those findings utilizing phrases that they suppose we have now a operating wisdom of, yet do you actually know how astronomers arrive at their findings or what all of it means?

Cosmologists face a conundrum: how do we research components we won't see, not to mention manage? a robust method is to monitor gadgets whose movement is motivated by way of gravity.  Einstein estimated that gravity can act like a lens to bend mild. at the present time we see hundreds and hundreds of circumstances of this—instances the place the gravity of galaxy distorts our view of a extra far away item, developing a number of photos or amazing arcs at the sky. Gravitational lensing is now a key a part of the foreign quest to appreciate the invisible substance that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the universe together. 

A Ray of sunshine in a Sea of darkish Matter bargains readers a concise, obtainable rationalization of ways astronomers probe darkish matter.  Readers speedy achieve an figuring out of what may be available in the market, how scientists arrive at their findings, and why this study is critical to us. enticing and insightful, Charles Keeton provides everybody a chance to be an energetic learner and listener in our ever-expanding universe.

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