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Contact: Juna Kollmeier
Carnegie Institution

Missing Light Crisis

Caption: Computer simulations of intergalactic hydrogen in a "dimly lit" universe (left) and a "brightly lit" universe (right) that has five times more of the energetic photons that destroy neutral hydrogen atoms. Hubble Space Telescope observations of hydrogen absorption match the picture on the right, but using only the known astronomical sources of ultraviolet light produces the much thicker structures on the left, and a severe mismatch with the observations.

Credit: Ben Oppenheimer and Juna Kollmeier

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