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Everything is connected: visualizing an invisible universe

Everything is connected: visualizing an invisible universe


A visualization of the spectral network that connects the universe and sustains a gravitational, cosmological model.

To sustain the majority of current cosmological models it is necessary to include an elusive component: dark matter. Although it is invisible to our eyes, it is six times more abundant than the matter we can perceive and its presence is what detonates the power of gravity in the universe.

Despite the impenetrable discretion of this component, it was imagined and visualized by a physician at John Hopkins University, Miguel Ángel Aragón-Calvo, who focused on one zone stretching 240 light years from the Big Bang to the present. In short, he created a “history of matter” that is focused on its invisible existence.

The fact that nobody has seen dark matter grants the scientist a certain license, but he nevertheless uses that creative freedom according to the strictest predictions of astrophysics: there is a progression from the fast and incandescent to the cold and slow – thus replicating the pattern of the universe’s expansion.

The visualization simulates dark matter producing light and traces the paths of its evolution in membranes and filaments that accumulate to form galaxies. Dark matter remains connected via nodes that give forms to a kind of cosmic spider’s web.

“As you can see, galaxies are just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath them lies a vast network of dark matter that permeates all of space and connects everything within the Cosmic Network,” Aragón-Calvo writes. Perhaps dark matter is that invisible thread that connects everything in the universe.

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