The Surprising Way Black Holes Are Shaping the Darkest Corners of the Universe

The Surprising Way Black Holes Are Shaping the Darkest Corners of the Universe
Dark matter distribution as simulated by Illustris. (Image: Markus Haider / Illustris collaboration)

The most powerful supercomputer simulation of the Universe is providing important insights into how matter is distributed across large scales. Surprisingly, a significant portion of matter resides outside of galaxies and in the cosmic voids that permeate the cosmos.

Our universe is filled with all sorts of stuff, not all of it visible to the naked eye. There’s your regular, everyday normal matter (also known as baryons), comprised of stars, planets, dust, gas, human beings, and hoverboards that aren’t actually hoverboards. And then there’s the weird stuff, like invisible dark matter and mysterious dark energy, the exact nature of which still eludes cosmologists.

The Surprising Way Black Holes Are Shaping the Darkest Corners of the Universe

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