ISS detector may have first recorded traces of dark matter


04/04/2013

Detector on the International Space Station for the study of cosmic rays, for the first time in history showed signs of dark matter, according to the information scientists from the European Centre for Nuclear Research CERN in Geneva.

Launched into orbit as early as 2011 Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer recorded positron flux, the occurrence of which is likely due to the presence of a strange substance unknown to science.

Substance called dark matter does not emit electromagnetic radiation and does not interact with it, so direct observation of it is almost impossible.

According to scientists, the discovery of the nature of dark matter, can provide answers to many questions that have long interested physicists and astronomers. It is, in particular, the disclosure of the paradox of dark matter, which consists in a too high speed of rotation of galaxies, or rather their outer regions.

Samuel Ting, Nobel Prize winner in physics, who is the head of the research team, said that the exact answer to the question of how to determine if the dark matter is still open, the experts will be able to give during the month.


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