A recent survey of the region around our solar system has turned up some unexpected results. It appears that the amount of material recorded in the survey corresponds almost exactly to the amount of material that is expected to exist.
“The amount of mass that we derive matches very well with what we see — stars, dust, and gas — in the region around the Sun,” said team leader Christian Moni Bidin of the Universidad de Concepción in Chile.
Why is this strange, you ask. Because scientists have long theorized that the majority of the universe is made up of invisible, undetectable matter, what they call dark matter. The fact that the galactic survey has recorded exactly the amount of visible energy that should be found means that there isn’t any undetected mass left for the dark matter.
As the article in Universe Today states, “Dark matter is an invisible substance that is suspected to exist in large quantity around galaxies, lending mass but emitting no radiation. The only evidence for it comes from its gravitational effect on the material around it… up to now, dark matter itself has not been directly detected. Regardless, it has been estimated to make up 80% of all the mass in the Universe.”
I have my own theory about the existence of dark matter, and it goes like this: it doesn’t exist.
Wouldn’t it be much more likely that we are somehow failing to properly measure the far distant universe than that 80% of the universe is comprised of a mysterious type of matter that we have never succeeded in observing?
I think so. So let’s stop worrying about dark matter and start worrying about real priorities, like FTL space travel, time machines, and giant killer robots.
That is all.