Aussie student finds universe's 'missing mass'

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Aussie student finds universe's 'missing mass'

#1  Postby trubble76 » May 27, 2011 9:39 am

A 22-year-old Australian university student has solved a problem which has puzzled astrophysicists for decades, discovering part of the so-called "missing mass" of the universe during her summer break.

Undergraduate Amelia Fraser-McKelvie made the breakthrough during a holiday internship with a team at Monash University's School of Physics, locating the mystery material within vast structures called "filaments of galaxies".

Monash astrophysicist Dr Kevin Pimbblet explained that scientists had previously detected matter that was present in the early history of the universe but that could not now be located.

"There is missing mass, ordinary mass not dark mass ... It's missing to the present day," Pimbblet told AFP.

"We don't know where it went. Now we do know where it went because that's what Amelia found."

Fraser-McKelvie, an aerospace engineering and science student, was able to confirm after a targeted X-ray search for the mystery mass that it had moved to the "filaments of galaxies", which stretch across enormous expanses of space.


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Re: Aussie student finds universe's 'missing mass'

#2  Postby mindyourmind » May 27, 2011 9:42 am

Way to go Amelia.
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#3  Postby klazmon » May 27, 2011 11:11 am

Is this really new? Sounds like they are talking about WHIM

Article from last year:


http://www.space.com/8386-huge-chunk-universe-missing-matter.html
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#4  Postby Crocodile Gandhi » May 27, 2011 12:45 pm

I found that stuff awhile ago. Then I lost it again. Such is life.
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#5  Postby rainbow » May 27, 2011 12:50 pm

Well I put it down to sheer negligence.
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#6  Postby talkietoaster » May 27, 2011 3:09 pm

She found it in the summer break, have a day off love lol. Well done for the find. :smile:
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