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One of modern science’s biggest mysteries is dark matter, an invisible form of matter that shapes galaxy rotation and bends rays of light. No one knows what dark matter is, but scientists are carrying out a number of experiments to learn more.

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Formation of dark matter structures.

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A new report outlines suggestions for federal investments needed for the next generation of transformative discoveries in particle physics and cosmology, including priority projects...

A web of dark matter, in which galaxies are forming.
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As the SLAC-Stanford institute celebrates its 20th anniversary, three Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology researchers share what they’re most excited for in...

A cluster of bright galaxies on a black background.
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Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s unprecedented deep and wide survey will create most precise map of Universe ever.

Illustration of warped galaxy shapes scattered across the cosmic web.
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Three SLAC scientists explain what they do to ensure the world's largest digital camera for astronomy is ready for the big time.

A digital sensor array is visible through a large camera lens inside a white room.
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The reanalysis considered new types of particle collisions and how dark matter particles interact with the Earth. 

clusters of galaxies collide showing separation of dark matter
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In this lecture, Dr. Rebecca Leane will review a range of dark matter searches using celestial objects, including exoplanets, solar-system planets, the Sun, and...

A galaxy in space
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The first batch of data from the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument is now available for researchers to mine. Taken during the experiment’s “survey validation”...

A telescope building sits atop a mountain in twilight.
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They’ll work on experiments searching for dark matter and physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics to push our understanding of what makes...

Kelly Stifter and Julia Gonski.
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The first pair of towers are now at the Ontario facility, where they'll further the hunt for dark matter particles.

SuperCDMS tower
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The synthetic galaxy catalog will help test Roman's capabilities and foster collaboration with the Rubin project. 

A field of bright spots on a black background.

Simulation of the formation of the dark matter structure surrounding the Milky Way, from the early universe to today.

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Learn about the 10-year Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) and Vera C. Rubin Observatory in this video.

LSST Explainer | Mapping the universe