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Scientists develop simulations of how early galaxy was formed

Dark matter is hypothesized to be the starting point for the first galaxies. After the Big Bang, dark matter would have aggregated together, forming gravitational halos. These would have pulled the surrounding gas inside their cores and cooled over time to build the first galaxies.

Though dark matter is considered to be the basis of all matter in the universe, little is known about it since particles of dark matter haven’t been detected so far.

Scientists from MIT, Cambridge University, and Princeton University have simulated the formation of early galaxies. These simulations show what they would have looked like if dark matter was fuzzy instead of being cold or warm. These first galaxies would have looked different based on the type of dark matter.

The widely accepted hypothesis is that dark matter is slow-moving and cold and has no interaction with matter except for gravitational influence. Warm dark matter is believed to be lighter and fast-moving. Fuzzy dark matter is a newer concept which consists of extremely light particles whose mass is about one octillionth (10-27) of an electron.

Based on the simulations, scientists believe that early galaxies would have been spherical if dark matter is cold. If, however, dark matter is fuzzy, the universe would look completely different from what it is now. The universe would then have galaxies with tail-like filaments.

The universe is made up of about 85% of dark matter. With new, higher-powered telescopes, scientists and researchers can look farther in the universe and understand the nature of dark matter. Dark matter is yet to be detected but is widely accepted to be cold.

 The scientists created a simulation with a length of 3 million light-years and studied how galaxies evolved from different forms of dark matter – cold, warm, and fuzzy. The team is focused on researching deeper to make better predictions about how the early universe may have looked when it had a majority of fuzzy dark matter.

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