purpleish gas clouds against starry background

‘Fuzzy’ dark matter could form stars in giant ‘pancakes’

An exotic dark matter model suggests that the first stars may have formed not as individuals, but as tiny pockets embedded in gigantic pancake-like sheets. This would have led to the formation of truly gigantic stars that the James Webb Space Telescope may be able to detect, according to a research team.

Astronomers have a wealth of evidence to suggest that the vast majority of all matter in the universe is black matter, meaning it does not interact with light or normal matter. For example, stars revolve around the center of their galaxies far too quickly considering the gravity of all we can see. The same thing happens when we observe the movements of galaxies within clusters. And the cosmic web, the large-structured arrangement of galaxies throughout the universe, appeared and grew far too quickly considering the small amount of gravity provided by all visible objects.

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