'Dark matter results' could take months

Over the coming months, AMS will be able to tell us conclusively whether these positrons are a signal for dark matter, or whether they have some other origin.

When you take a new precision instrument into a new regime, you tend to see many new results, and we hope this will be the first of many AMS is the first experiment to measure to 1% accuracy in space.

It is this level of precision that will allow us to tell whether our current positron observation has a dark matter or a pulsar origin.

– Professor Samuel Ting, AMS principal investigator

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Evidence of dark matter found

Scientists may have found clues that may help to explain dark matter, an unknown and mysterious component of the universe.