Presented by Durham UniversityMax Planck Institut für Astrophysik and Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies 

Prof. Carlos Frenk
ICC, Durham University

Ms. Alice Danielson
ICC, Durham University

Mr. Chris Harrison
ICC, Durham Univeristy

Mr Charles Finn
ICC, Durham University

Dr. Lingyu Wang
ICC, Durham University

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Clash of Clans Truppen

Hallo und Willkommen zu meinem Blog. Heute werde ich euch etwas über die Truppen von Clash of Clans erzählen. Doch davor etwas über Clash of Clans allgemein. Das Spiel wurde 2009 von der Firma “SuperC....

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Over 80 per cent of mass in the Universe cannot be seen. Known as ‘dark matter’, scientists have many theories about its properties. What is known is that dark matter is not like the particles that make up stars, planets and living creatures. Scientists believe it is an elusive elementary particle that explains the ‘missing mass’ that influences the motion of stars in galaxies and the motion of galaxies themselves.

See the scientists explain the science behind their exhibit in the video above, produced by students from Imperial College: Pia Melichar, Lin Lin Ginzberg

How it works

This exhibit will demonstrate how scientists are using computer simulations to answer three big questions about dark matter – why cosmologists think it exists, what it is made of, and why it is important to the universe.

The gravity produced by dark matter holds cosmic structures together. The cold dark matter model, which has been followed for 25 years, struggles to explain the new data on small “satellite” galaxies which orbit the Milky Way. Particle physics experiments try to identify dark matter to understand what it is, but the particle remains elusive.

The Virgo Consortium, an international collaboration of scientists that are creating the largest computer cosmological simulations, is taking a large scale approach. Scientists from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the USA and Japan are utilising world class supercomputers in the UK and Germany to create the most sophisticated virtual universes possible. The scientists are using these virtual universes to test different theories about dark matter to see how their calculations compare with observations of the real Universe.

A computer generated Milky-Way system as seen through Dark Matter glasses: In the centre we see a simulated clump of dark matter 2 billion years after the big bang, this is how we think our own galaxy appeared in its infancy. Image courtesy of Mark Lovell and Virgo Consortium.