An astrophysicist explains dark matter — the most mysterious part of the universe

Columbia University astrophysicist, Janna Levin, explains dark matter — a mysterious type of material that comprises 84.5% of all matter in the universe. Yet, experts understand very little about it. What is dark matter? Why does it dominate our universe? What role does it play in the formation of things like stars and galaxies? These are questions that astrophysicists are working hard to answer.

Levin collaborated with Massive — a community dedicated to helping you connect with scientists who are pushing the boundaries of human knowledge — to help explain what we currently know about dark matter and the efforts scientists are taking to understand more. You can read more about this in “The sublime, dark depths of the unknown universe, animated.

Video courtesy of Massive.

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