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More Images of Where is the Universe Hiding its Missing Mass?
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X-ray Spectrum & Simulation Still
Astronomers have used Chandra to possibly identify the location of a third of the hydrogen, helium, and other elements that were created after the Big Bang, but has so far been unaccounted for in the present-day Universe. This "missing mass" may be in large filaments of warm and hot gas known as the WHIM. The plot on the left shows the signature of how X-rays from a distant quasar have been absorbed by gas in these filaments. On the right is a still from the Millenium simulation that formulates how key components of the Universe, including the WHIM, evolved over time.
Credit: Illustration: Springel et al. (2005); Spectrum: NASA/CXC/CfA/Kovács et al.

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