part of dark matter, which does not interact with electromagneticradiation, is not only "dark" but also, by definition, utterlytransparent.
As important as dark matter is believed to be in the universe, directevidence of its existence and a concrete understanding of its naturehave remained elusive. Though the theory of dark matter remainsthe most widely accepted theory to explain the anomalies inobserved galactic rotation, some alternative theoretical approacheshave been developed which broadly fall into the categories of modified gravitational laws, and quantum gravitational laws.
 Baryonic and nonbaryonic dark matter
A small proportion of dark matter may be baryonic dark matter,astronomical bodies (such as massive compact halo objects) that arecomposed of ordinary matter, but which emit little or noelectromagnetic radiation. However, the vast majority of the darkmatter in the universe is believed to be nonbaryonic, and thus notformed out of atoms. It is also believed not to interact with ordinarymatter via electromagnetic forces. The nonbaryonic dark matterincludes neutrinos, and possibly hypothetical entities such as axions,or supersymmetric particles. Unlike baryonic dark matter,nonbaryonic dark matter does not contribute to the formation of theelements in the early universe ("big bang nucleosynthesis") and so itspresence is revealed only via its gravitational attraction. In addition,if the particles of which it is composed are supersymmetric, they canundergo annihilation interactions with themselves resulting inobservable by-products such as photons and neutrinos ("indirectdetection").
Nonbaryonic dark matter is classified in terms of the mass of theparticle(s) that is assumed to make it up, and/or the typical velocitydispersion of those particles (since more massive particles move