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Rotation may solve cosmic mystery

Researchers propose a new explanation for why some tiny galaxies have more than their fair share of dark matter

Literally cloaked in darkness, the faintest galaxies in the universe have remained a mystery since their discovery more than two decades ago. Now a team of theorists has come up with a new explanation for the origin of these dim bodies. Known as dwarf spheroidal galaxies, these ancient stellar groupings not only serve as fossil remains of the early universe but have the highest known ratio of dark matter to ordinary, visible matter.

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