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First clues in search for universe's dark matter

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A massive instrument circling the globe aboard the International Space Station has provided a first glimpse of what may be mysterious dark matter in the universe, experts said. 

Image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory shows a clear separation between dark matter (blue) and ordinary matter during a clash 5.7 billion light years from Earth, August 27, 2008. A massive instrument circling the globe aboard the International Space Station has provided a first glimpse of what may be mysterious dark matter in the universe, experts said.

The elusive nature of dark matter -- which surrounds the galaxy in a near-spherical halo and is believed to make up around a quarter of the universe -- is considered one of the most important riddles in physics.

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