Extract from Science-Daily
Dark Matter Mystery Deepens
ScienceDaily (Oct. 17, 2011)— Like all galaxies, our Milky Way is home to a strange substance called dark matter. Dark matter is invisible, betraying its presence only through its gravitational pull. Without dark matter holding them together, our galaxy’s speedy stars would fly off in all directions. The nature of dark matter is a mystery — a mystery that a new study has only deepened.“After completing this study, we know less about dark matter than we did before,” said lead author Matt Walker, a Hubble Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. …………………….
Previous to this, from NASA:
Obviously they haven’t heard about the rugby finals but what they are talking about is rugby where the ball traces a trajectory not predicted by the known parameters. Invisible player.
The current overwhelming majority of our universe, it seems, is, literally, invisible – detectable only by the effects it produces. That’s if the observed effects aren’t produced by something someone failed to factor in.
All the measurements suggest that invisible rubber bands are doing things out there. The best guess at present is that the controlling effect is coming from something that has the gravitational effect of stupendous quantities of matter — here, there, and everywhere(?)
It’s enough to incline a person towards lying on the floor and laughing uproariously.
If you were Sherlock Holmes or if you were Doctor Watson you might right now be saying something like: “Anti-matter has gravitational properties the same as matter, but no-one thinks it is anti-matter because the anti-matter should long since have encountered matter and everything should have ceased to exist”. “It’s not anti-light because there is strictly no such object as an anti-photon [light can cancel, but that has to do with wave behaviour, not particle behavior] and besides, light has zero mass”. “It isn’t ‘spent’ light – if indeed light ever ‘tires’, which is debated — because light has zero mass”. “Perhaps it is a sort of anti-universe spread throughout the universe, where everything travels faster than the speed of light and time goes backwards?” “Yes, Watson, but according to Einstein’s equations, nothing with mass can attain the speed of light.” No mass, no gravitation. “So, why does light bend slightly when travelling past large objects?” “Watson, confound it, you know that has to do with Einsteinian Relativity and we don’t wish to make fools of ourselves here. Light is essential to the definition of the universe, it is not defined by the universe.”
“So, why is it dark? “ “Because we are in the dark room, developing these prints for the C.I.B.”
“I mean, at night.” “Ah, Watson. You mean, the observable phenomenon of darkness, implying, absence of light?”
“Yes; but that won’t do either, Holmes. You know we are in an expanding universe, thousands of millions of years old, with almost countless light sources. Shouldn’t Space out there be filled with light? And shouldn’t the light be constantly reaching the earth, day and night?”
“If everything is moving away from everything else at a great rate, the light is constantly being diluted by darkness. We have a dark night sky because the stars have withdrawn from us.”
“Yet, as far as we know, light, although it can change in wavelength and therefore in colour, is tireless and never stops travelling. Countless billions of stars – shouldn’t the night sky be solid with them?”
“You make a point. Could there be any other cause of a dark night sky, other than expansion?”
“As you know, Holmes, to explain this proposed dark matter, it has been suggested that Space abounds in subatomic particles, heavier than light, but not entirely dissimilar to it – quarks, bosons, wimps, gluons ……”
“Perhaps Space is expanding in a way that doesn’t allow the light to stick to it? That’s why we need more gluons. Best theory yet. Sailing upon the tranquil celestial sea with a wimp, a quark, and a Higgs’s boson. Lestrade, by this photograph, looks as though he has collared a few of them.”
“In the night?”
“It’s the best time to collar wimps, quarks, and especially, Higgs’s boson .”
Question – one that Conan Doyle might have asked, had he lived in our times. How, but how, can the bulk of the universe be invisible and mysterious?
The short answer – who knows? Here is a longer answer, which is a digression. The physical universe is not infinite. It was created at the beginning of time and will dismaterialize (with indescribable noise and the appearance of universal fire) on the day time ends. “Heaven and Earth shall pass away: my word shall not pass away.”
Items such as Space, light, and darkness, were therefore created –not in the midst of nothing, but in the midst of Eternity. Eternity is a not defined in terms of physical space and time, nor of light and darkness.
Thus, it is possible to transmit signals to spacecraft through the seeming void of Space – Space is not nothing. Nothing cannot transmit signals. The universe has been designed for electromagnetic signalling. A vacuum (such as Space) appears void, yet, as the Nobel Prizewinners mentioned in the Sciencedaily article below have now shown, this seeming void has been designed with transmission capability.
There is a way. Hence, “a way for the lightning of thunder”: and, “by what way is the light parted…?”, Job 38: 25,24. Does that way have anything to do with the elusive, mysterious “dark matter”?
For an expanding (=everywhere inflating) universe to continue, its creation must have had, written into it, some constant, ongoing, sustaining action of the Divine, which constantly gives it form within the non-physical dimension of Eternity. Hence, all things are constantly upheld “by the word of his power”. God himself, “bears up the pillars of the Earth”, Ps.75:3. This is why gravity ultimately is not definable from the properties of matter: it is an aspect of space/time, the sustenance of which is — God constantly in action. When we look into the dark night sky, we are not looking at the darkness that was before time. We are not looking into Eternity. We are looking at the firmament, or expansion, which God created – with an ongoing action. “I form the light, and create darkness”, Isa.45:7. Note the present tense. There is a parallel here to “I uphold the pillars thereof”, which is also present tense, describing an ongoing process which was activated at creation. Thus, there is, scripturally, a link between darkness and gravity. Here is something further in the present tense, which interweaves the expanding universe, gravity, and the sky (firmament). “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing” Job 26:7. Note the present tense. Space itself is a manifestation of a constantly maintained, expansive process. Gravity, and the creation of darkness, are intertwined in the expansion. The elusive “dark matter” (whether it is matter or some unsuspected factor) is involved, because of its major gravitational significance.
Is there such a substance as ‘dark matter’? You are asking the wrong person. The Scriptures may or may not mention ‘dark matter’. It depends upon one’s interpretation of the words. Light was “divided” from “darkness” Gen.1:4. Divided is a significant word suggestive of mathematical precision. It may have implications in Physics. Perhaps the nearest to a possible direct confirmation of dark matter, is, Job 28:3: “He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.” If there are “stones” of physical “darkness”, then there is dark matter. Stones have weight. But, then – it’s not really matter that causes gravitational attraction – it’s something to do with space/time, and creation, itself. “I uphold the pillars thereof…. .”
Whether or not ‘dark matter’ plays a part in ‘upholding the pillars thereof’, the upholding will cease on the last day. Intuitively, with this much ‘dark matter’ about, it isn’t difficult to envisage the universe dismaterializing without warning.
We might give Sir Walter Scott the final word.
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