Let it Snow in the Pines (Abell 1689)

Let it Snow in the Pines (Abell 1689)

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News release ID: STScI-2010-37
Release Date: Nov 29, 2011
Image Use: Copyright
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Hubble maps the distribution of dark matter in the center of the giant galaxy cluster Abell 1689, containing about 1,000 galaxies and trillions of stars. Dark matter is an invisible form of matter that accounts for most of the universe's mass.

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NASA, ESA, D. Coe (NASA JPL/Cal. Tech., and STScI), N. Benitez (Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, Spain), T. Broadhurst (University of the Basque Country, Spain), and H. Ford (JHU)