We, your Skepchick bloggers, have been writing a lot about space recently. Well, it’s going to continue another day. Sorry, all you Earth-ists.
Researchers announced Sunday that they created a gigantic 3-D map of the universe, which is cool enough on its own and even cooler when you find out that they pinpointed the location of dark matter. The existence of dark matter has been debated since the 1930s, but this new evidence puts much of that debate to rest (there are still other theories floating around to explain the effects we believe are attributed to dark matter).
As usual, I went to my first source on all things starry: my deliciously smart and sexy pal Phil Plait, who is currently at the American Astronomical Society’s meeting in Seattle and who did not pay me any money to mention how smart and sexy he is. (For the skeptics: smart, sexy. QED.) Phil wrote a very clear and understandable piece on how the 3-D map was created and what it means. If it’s too early in the morning and you haven’t had your coffee yet, just check out the high resolution of the image to the right. I stared at it for a good ten minutes before my eyes started to water from the unconscious lack of blinking. I think I’ll write the kind folks at Hubble and ask if they’ll kindly print out the highest resolution of all 49 panels (shown here is just a single panel) so that I can wallpaper my bedroom.