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What is the constituent material of the universe?

  1. Dec 8, 2003 #1
    What is the constituent material of the universe? Is the material all exists on tangiable?
    please any answers will aid me thanks
     
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  3. Dec 9, 2003 #2

    mathman

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    Current estimates are that the universe is about 5% baryonic (ordinary) matter, about 25% non-baryonic matter, and 70% dark energy. Physicist and astronomers have proposed various theories to describe the two latter components, but nothing has yet been verified by observation.
     
  4. Dec 9, 2003 #3
    What is dark energy? do you have any links that would be able to help me out in understanding it?
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  5. Dec 10, 2003 #4

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    For the latest on non-baryonic (dark) matter, hep-ph/0312013 from arXiv (use google to get arXiv). In this article are references to dark energy as well. The most favored explanation for dark energy is the presence of a small cosmological constant in Einstein's general relativity. However, there are some serious problems relating to the size of the constant. For dark energy, it is about 50-60 orders of magnitude smaller than other theory expects.
     
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