April 8, 2014 | Pippa

Dark matter features prominently in the sci-fi programmes I watch. But in reality we don't have much proof it exists.

Researchers have set up an experiment a mile underground to see if they can spot dark matter as it passes through the Earth. They hope to detect rare collisions between dark matter particles and regular particles.

Whether they find dark matter or not in the next year, I think this will be a fascinating leap forward in our understanding of the universe.

News

603 Likes | No comments

Do you like this story?

Poll

How do you feel about this experiment?





Hubble's Dark Matter Map

The 300-day experiment is taking place in an abandoned gold mine.

Enlarge

Image: Flickr/NASA Goddard photo and video

Share your comment

Write as if you were talking to a friend (and maybe in front of your mother!).

Keep it classy, keep it clean and keep your temper.

Comments may be displayed in the gallery as well as on the website - check out our Community Guidelines for more info.

Tags

Popular Posts