Dark Energy and Dark Matter


The universe as it is described by current science is composed of the following:
More than 72 percent Dark Energy.
23 percent Dark Matter
4 percent hydrogen and helium.
.03 percent heavy elements

In other words, over 95 percent of the universe consists of unknown, unobserved, indirectly inferred, hypothetical energy and material. All of science deals with only the 4.03 percent of the universe that is made up of hydrogen, helium, and the heavier elements. That 4.03 percent is what we are composed of as well.
Dark energy and matter can not be observed directly. Their existence is inferred by perturbations in the fields of matter and energy comprising the known universe. While their existence can be inferred, no further knowledge of the nature of dark energy and dark matter is available at this time.
digital image by TFD: Dark Energy Dark Matter, 2008
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  1. Cristal Liriano

    I chose this piece of work because I wondered why you made the universe black and the planet white. Those color choices intrigued me so I decided to read what it was about. When I read about the universe and its composition, it all made sense. I loved the fact that the “dark energy” is really what we consider to be a mystery or the unknown. The unknown can be mysterious and usually portrayed as dark, so I like the idea of black surrounding the planet. They planet is drawn as white little specks rather than just one white circle. I can see why the planet is not completely white. I think it looks better that way because there are so many things on our planet that are still a complete mystery. Although we have knowledge on certain aspects of this world, our knowledge is not completely expanded to the best of our capability. That’s why we learn new things everyday, because there is still so much to learn about ourselves, our surroundings, our planet and this universe. There are still so many questions to be answered but that is okay. I enjoy the curiosity the pushes us to learn more about life and colors those dark spots into white spots. I very much enjoyed this artwork for that reason. It made me see the world in a different perspective. It showed me that there is so much about this planet and our surroundings that we do not know, rather than the things that we do know.

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