(Submitted April 01, 2008)
Okay well, I have really been wondering about something I've heard of
before and that I know isn't too widely known. How much do you know
about Dark Galaxies? I've heard that possibly dark galaxies are comprised
of most of the matter in the universe from dark matter, or perhaps it
contains tons of black holes and dead stars. I'm not sure and I would
like to know what you know about the topic since I have been looking
around and didn't see a topic on Dark galaxies just yet.
First, good luck with your studies. Actually most of the mass of most
galaxies is already composed of dark matter. It is this additional mass
that we can't see that keeps rotating galaxies from flying apart. However,
there are some candidates for truly dark galaxies, which have very little
star formation. These are still detectable via radio waves from the hydrogen
gas mixed in with the dark matter.
Details can be found at:
Hope this helps,
Mike and Georgia
for "Ask an Astrophysicist"