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Giant ‘rogue waves’ of invisible matter might be disrupting the orbits of stars, new study hints

AstronomyGiant 'rogue waves' of invisible matter might be disrupting the orbits of stars, new study hints


Gigantic clumps of invisible dark matter that roam the universe may be wreaking havoc on binary stars, slowly tearing them apart, a new study suggests. Those violent effects could help reveal the true nature of the universe’s most elusive entity.

Over the decades, astronomers have amassed an enormous amount of evidence pointing to the existence of dark matter, an invisible form of matter that accounts for around 85% of the mass in almost every galaxy. Initially, astronomers thought dark matter might be a new kind of particle known as weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), which would interact only with each other through gravity and the weak nuclear force.

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