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The Light/Dark Universe: Light from Galaxies, Dark Matter and Dark Energy

The Light/Dark Universe: Light from Galaxies, Dark Matter and Dark Energy

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To the eyes of the average person and the trained scientist, the night sky is dark, even though the universe is populated by myriads of bright galaxies. Why this happens is a question commonly called Olbers' Paradox, and dates from at least 1823. How dark is the night sky is a question which preoccupies astrophysicists at the present.

The answer to both questions tells us about the origin of the universe and the nature of its contents - luminous galaxies like the Milky Way, plus the dark matter between them and the mysterious dark energy which appears to be pushing everything apart.In this book, the fascinating history of Olbers' Paradox is reviewed, and the intricate physics of the light/dark universe is examined in detail.

The fact that the night sky is dark (a basic astronomical observation that anybody can make) turns out to be connected with the finite age of the universe, thereby confirming some event like the Big Bang. But the space between the galaxies is not perfectly black,and data on its murkiness at various wavelengths can be used to constrain and identify its unseen constituents.


The topic of the dark night sky is one which we, as authors, have had the opportunity to study not only as a pastime but also as a profession. We are grateful for the input of numerous researchers, and for the hospitality of several universities, notably Berkeley and Stanford. However, as we emphasize in the following (mainly technical) account, anybody with a clear mind can make the connection between the fact that the night sky is still dark and the fact that the Universe is young. The naked eye con rms the birth of the Universe in something like a big bang. The poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe guessed as much when he made the connection between darkness and age long before there were astrophysicists as such. We therefore dedicate this book to the thinking reader, who has looked at the glory of the night sky and wondered what does it mean?
To the eyes of the average person and the trained scientist, the night sky is dark, even though the universe is populated by myriads of bright galaxies. Why this happens is a question commonly called Olbers' Paradox, and dates from at least 1823. How dark is the night sky is a question which preoccupies astrophysicists at the present.

The answer to both questions tells us about the origin of the universe and the nature of its contents - luminous galaxies like the Milky Way, plus the dark matter between them and the mysterious dark energy which appears to be pushing everything apart.In this book, the fascinating history of Olbers' Paradox is reviewed, and the intricate physics of the light/dark universe is examined in detail.

The fact that the night sky is dark (a basic astronomical observation that anybody can make) turns out to be connected with the finite age of the universe, thereby confirming some event like the Big Bang. But the space between the galaxies is not perfectly black,and data on its murkiness at various wavelengths can be used to constrain and identify its unseen constituents.


The topic of the dark night sky is one which we, as authors, have had the opportunity to study not only as a pastime but also as a profession. We are grateful for the input of numerous researchers, and for the hospitality of several universities, notably Berkeley and Stanford. However, as we emphasize in the following (mainly technical) account, anybody with a clear mind can make the connection between the fact that the night sky is still dark and the fact that the Universe is young. The naked eye con rms the birth of the Universe in something like a big bang. The poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe guessed as much when he made the connection between darkness and age long before there were astrophysicists as such. We therefore dedicate this book to the thinking reader, who has looked at the glory of the night sky and wondered what does it mean?

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