Press Release

NASA Updates Plans for Hubble ‘Ring of Dark Matter’ Briefing

By SpaceRef Editor
May 10, 2007
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NASA will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on May 15 to discuss the strongest evidence to date that dark matter exists. This evidence was found in a ghostly ring of dark matter in the cluster CL0024+17, discovered using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The ring is the first detection of dark matter with a unique structure different from the distribution of both the galaxies and the hot gas in the cluster. The discovery will be featured in the June 20 issue of the Astrophysical Journal. 

Briefing participants are:

— Dr. Myungkook James Jee, associate research scientist, Johns Hopkins      University, Baltimore 

— Dr. Richard White, astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute,      Baltimore 

— Dr. Richard Massey, postdoctoral scholar, California Institute of      Technology, Pasadena 

Reporters should contact Ray Villard at the Space Telescope Science Institute at 410-338-4514 prior to the media teleconference for the call in number and passcode. Audio for the briefing will stream live on the Internet at:  http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio  

At the start of the briefing, images and supporting graphics will be posted on the Web at:     http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/news/dark_matter_ring.html 

For more information about the Hubble Space Telescope, visit:                          http://www.nasa.gov/hubble

SpaceRef staff editor.