Galaxy Without Dark Matter Confuses Scientists

Galaxy Without Dark Matter Confuses Scientists
Image Credit: Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA/Keck/Jen Miller

Dark matter is still a great mystery for astronomers and scientists. However, it is believed that the entire universe consists of some 85% dark matter. Scientists still can’t understand what it fully consists of and what is its purpose in the universe. However, just recently they observed a galaxy without dark matter, which brought even more confusion to them, given that dark matter makes up so much of the mass of the universe.

Many galaxies in the universe, included our own, have an estimate of roughly 30 times more dark matter compared to the normal matter as we know it. There are dwarf galaxies, believed to consist of 400 times more dark matter than normal, according to Newsweek. This galaxy without dark matter has never been observed before and it brings confusion to everything we’ve known about this invisible and odd thing that is so present in the cosmos.

The galaxy is located 63 million light-years away from our Milky Way. What scientists know about it is that it’s an elliptically shaped galaxy, which they have named NGC1052-DF2. Given that there isn’t a trace of the dark matter, data suggests that it’s made entirely of normal matter.