Hubble Looks for Missing Matter
Hubble Looks for Missing Matter
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This illustration shows how the Hubble Space Telescope searches for missing ordinary matter, called baryons, by looking at the light from quasars several billion light-years away. Imprinted on that light are the spectral fingerprints of the missing ordinary matter that absorbs the light at specific frequencies (shown in the colorful spectra at right). The missing baryonic matter helps trace out the structure of intergalactic space, called the "cosmic web."

Cosmology, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Intergalactic Gas, Universe Age/Size


Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)