Galaxy Found With Almost No Dark Matter


This could be a proof of Dark Matter.

Galaxies litter the cosmos in a picture of the deep universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. A closer look at a galaxy 65 million light-years away suggests that it is missing a fundamental part of the usual galactic recipe: the mysterious substance known as dark matter.


By Nadia Drake

An unusual galaxy far, far away is stumping astronomers not because of what’s there, but because of what’s missing.

About 65 million light-years away, the galaxy called NGC1052-DF2 is dim and diffuse, coming in at about one two-hundredths the mass of our Milky Way.

Normally, not all of a galaxy’s mass is visible. In addition to a mix of ordinary matter—like stars and planets and manatees—galaxies are expected to contain dark matter, an invisible substance that makes up most of the mass in the universe. Although we can’t directly observe it, we know dark matter is there because we can see how its gravity affects ordinary matter.

Based on the ratio in other galaxies, an isolated galaxy like NGC1052-DF2 should have about a hundred times more dark matter than ordinary matter. But this one appears to have … almost none, scientists report today in Nature.

via Galaxy Found With Almost No Dark Matter

Get your word out!

LEI LogoDo you have a kid looking to express herself? Then the Comics and ‘Zines Summer Camp offered by the youth writing space Lake Erie Ink might be what you need. Running July 23, 2018 – July 27, 2018 for youth in grades 6 – 12, the camp will help kids see their stories and drawings come alive on the pages of their very own comics and ‘zines. Students go home with their own 8-page ‘zine crafted from a single sheet of 11″ x 17″ paper. Cost is $150; scholarships available.


Blue Jacket Books of Xenia, OH is closing!

bluejacketBlue Jacket Books is closing. The book store is a favorite stop on our yearly fossil hunting/camping trip to the rich Devonian beds around Cincinnati, OH. Beginning March 5, 2018 and culminating Saturday, May 12, 2018, Blue Jacket will be discounting heavily. Discounts begin at 40% off for two weeks and then progress by 10% per week until peaking at 80% off. The shop’s 50,000 books cover topics including: Americana, Area Studies, the Fine Arts; Foreign Languages, Books About Books; Literature, Social Sciences, Humanities; Civil War, Poetry, Children’s, and Mysteries. The shop is located at 30 South Detroit Street, Xenia, Ohio, 45385. They are available by phone at 937-376-3522 or online at Hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celestial Pick – Pterosaurs

2-Quetzalcoatlus-ModelPterosaurs swoop in to become this week’s best geek bet in Cleveland. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs has opened. A trip down to enjoy this traveling exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History, New York offers flying reptiles of all sizes:

They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were gigantic, while others could fit in the palm of your hand. Millions of years ago, the skies were ruled by pterosaurs — the first vertebrates to achieve flight.

Not dinosaurs, birds or bats, pterosaurs were flying reptiles that lived in the world of dinosaurs 220 to 66 million years ago. This exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History, New York, showcases rare fossils, life-size models and activities that bring pterosaurs to life.

While you are there, check out a planetarium show or enjoy the animals as Spring breaks out and warms the ground. The Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden offers a delightful collection of active animals this time of year.

otterThe Cleveland Museum of Natural History is located in Cleveland’s museum circle at 1 Wade Oval Drive Cleveland, Ohio, 44106. Their hours are 10 am to 5 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm Wednesday, and noon to 5 pm Sunday. Admission rates vary by age, running from $12 to $15, except Wednesday evenings. Drop by after 5 pm . Wednesday for an $8 admission! Parking in the connected garage runs $10 – $16.

Looking for a great Pterosaur to take with you? May we suggest a plush pterosaur sized tiny, small (13″), medium (15″) or large (22″)? They range in wingspans from just two to a massive 22 inches. The medium, 15-inch, is on sale for just $12.99. Trust us, the real thing was far less cuddly.


Wieners and Wonder!

29386175_10155461870859021_5800089257183805440_o“The State of the Universe (and Hot Dogs),” is how they put it at the Institute for the Science of Origins. Expect a night of wieners and wonder, cosmology and condiments. Their website says:

Our very own Glenn Starkman, cosmologist and asker of the Big Questions about our universe, (and also the Director of ISO), will give a talk about The State of The Universe, and what we know today about this little part of space-time we occupy. Patrick Amon’s Talk about Assessing Risk will be moved to a later date.

These regular talks are a great way to connect with the latest science and have a really fun meal at The Happy Dog, Cleveland’s best dog shop. Talks feature a compelling topic and friendly people. This talk is Tuesday, March 27 from 7:30 PM to 9 PM at The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.

Are You Ready Player One?

51Fk8SWwlLL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_OK, the much anticipated Steven Spielberg film, based on the novel by Ernest Cline, opens Wednesday, March 28 in Cleveland. (We will be at the 7:30 p.m. show at Richmond Towne Square. Message us to meetup ( (Buy your tickets to see ‘Ready Player One’ at Fandango and receive a Free Poster!) You might take this opportunity to pick up The Art of Ready Player One by Insight Editions or Cline’s other novel, Armada. Will this movie live up to the novel? Well, there are already notable differences from the original. Just google it, there are a fanalanche of posts and videos about it. If you have not read the book, DON’T at this point. Enjoy the film and then treat yourself to the expanded world of the book, Ready Player One.

Here is a peek:

April Fools?


Nobody really knows how April Fools Day started. Today is the tradition date of the Greco-Roman festival of Hilaria, which coincides with the vernal equinox. It may be the origin of April Fools day. In that spirit Cleveland, we encourage you to start planning your mayhem now. This will be the last year you can count on Big Fun in Coventry for your gag gift needs. Make the most of it.

No Kidding: We Have No Idea How April Fools’ Day Started