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This new map of the Universe suggests dark matter shaped the cosmos

Half of the X-ray sky, projected onto a circle with the centre of the Milky Way on the left and the galactic plane running horizontally.

In this map of a celestial hemisphere — compiled from data from the eROSITA telescope — the colours reflect the wavelengths of X-rays. Hot gas haloes surrounding galaxy clusters have broad-band emissions (white), as do black holes (white dots); diffuse emissions have long wavelengths (red); and in the central regions of the Milky Way, dust blocks longer-wavelength emissions, so that only short-wavelength X-rays are visible (blue or black). Multicoloured clouds are supernova remnants. Credit: MPE, J. Sanders for the eROSITA consortium

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