[ExI] Dark matter
pharos at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 19:46:34 UTC 2013
On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM, Adrian Tymes wrote:
> Every time I hear of "dark matter", I am reminded of a certain
> Hubble telescope shot where they took a picture of a portion of
> the starfield where there appeared to be nothing - and, lo and
> behold, it was filled with stuff, you just had to look for it.
> I wonder if "dark matter" is nothing more or less than stars,
> rogue planets, and the like that we have yet failed to detect,
> the properties of which are otherwise just like anything else
> of their type. Occam's Razor.
You need six times as much 'dark' stuff as stuff we can see to make
the gravitational effects we can measure. That's a lot!
There is a new research report coming out in a few weeks that should
have useful data.
Some physics theories suggest that dark matter is made of WIMPS
(weakly interacting massive particles), a class of particles that are
their own antimatter partner particles. When matter and antimatter
partners meet, they annihilate each other, so if two WIMPs collided,
they would be destroyed, releasing a pair of daughter particles — an
electron and its antimatter counterpart, the positron, in the process.
I don't understand this theory. I didn't think any antimatter was left
in our old universe.
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