Dark Energy Dark Matter The two largest pieces of the Universe that we know the least about, yet nothing less than the ultimate fate of the Universe will be determined by them. (Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss) The Universe in a Jelly Bean Jar
In August of 2007 astronomers located a gigantic hole in the universe. This empty space, stretching nearly a billion light-years across, is devoid of any matter. A radical and controversial theory proposes that it is a "Universe-in-mass Black hole"
The universe consists of visible matter (the stuff we see) dark matter (matter that fills the space in our universe that we can't see at all) dark energy (which is stronger than gravity and causes the universe to expand)