A team of scientists at Britain’s Durham University thinks it might succeed where even Orion the Hunter could not: they believe they’ve identified the target areas for our search for the mystery of the universe’s “missing” mass, commonly called “Dark Matter.” The image here, provided by the university, shows where clumps of the stuff might be molding the visible universe into the spirals and other patterns that are familiar to our eyes.
More about the research and simulation here:
In 1990 I wrote a sonnet, to test my modern thinking against a traditional poetic form, that compared our inability to detect dark matter and dark energy with baryonic instruments to my conscious mind trying to grasp how subconscious urges and memories shape me — the moment I haul something up, it’s rationalized out of its primordial truth.
The beauty of stars is simply presence
In a Universe to which I am blind
But the darkness of night is its essence
As I am foremost memory denied.
With a tide of mind the darkness returns
Rippling past the broad and barnacled moon
Suddenly my starlit memories churn
Some blaze like novas, some die in dim ruin.
These nights I seek a glimpse of the matter
That rolls pebble stars to boulders or dust,
But the wing of my consciousness gathers
Light with light; the intimate dark is lost.
So the darkness recedes, quiet and slow
As the arrogant day erupts below.
— Erik Baard