Cosmology@Home lets you volunteer your spare computer time (like when your screen saver is on) to help search for the model which best describes our Universe and to find the range of models that agree with available cosmological and particle physics data.
Like ordinary matter, dark matter interacts gravitationally with ordinary matter and radiation. Astronomers study the distribution of dark matter through observing its gravitational effects on ordinary matter in its vicinity and through its gravitational lensing effects on background radiation. The background image shows the bullet cluster, a famous example where the visible matter does not follow the mass distribution.
Combining all the available evidence, dark matter represents about 83% of the matter content of the universe. Read more about dark matter on this web page. Let us know your questions and comments on the message board.
User of the Day
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Planck contest finished!
Thanks everyone for participating in the Planck contest! Today we picked the winners, big thanks to the top users MaDdCow, 25000ghz, and Rally1965, and the top team BOINC Italy, who we will mention in our paper. You, along with the ~2500 other users and ~300 other teams contributed a ton of computing power to allow us to do this analysis over the last several months. 6 May 2016, 0:34:09 UTC · Comment
Planck contest deadline announced
The contest to be thanked in our upcoming Planck paper will end on May 5 at 13:00 UTC. Good luck to everyone in the final two weeks! 21 Apr 2016, 13:46:37 UTC · Comment
Updates on Planck app and website
Thanks to you guys we've almost hit the 10,000 Planck parameter simulations we wanted to do. Read within what we've learned from these, where were going next, and about a few minor updates to C@H. 3 Apr 2016, 14:28:04 UTC · Comment
Server temporarily degraded
I'm working through figuring out why some uprgades didn't quite go as planned, the server may be a bit degraded the next few hours, including download errors and lack of new tasks. Hopefully should be sorted out soon. 31 Mar 2016, 17:23:50 UTC · Comment
New app is live
The new app is live! Read more about it in this post. The top three users and top team will be thanked in our paper, track stats here. Come help us figure out something new about our universe! 16 Feb 2016, 16:16:06 UTC · Comment
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