Why almost all of the Universe is utterly invisible

About 95% of the cosmos cannot be seen by any telescopes, because it is made of mysterious "dark matter" and "dark energy" that do not interact with light

Science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker explains why so much of the Universe is invisible to BBC Earth's Melissa Hogenboom, with help from the animators at Pomona Pictures.

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