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Dark matter is older than the Big Bang?

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3-D impression of dark matter via Hubble

The latest theory for 80% of the universe’s mass:

“The study revealed a new connection between particle physics and astronomy. If dark matter consists of new particles that were born before the Big Bang, they affect the way galaxies are distributed in the sky in a unique way. This connection may be used to reveal their identity and make conclusions about the times before the Big Bang too,” says Tommi Tenkanen, a postdoctoral fellow in Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University and the study’s author.

While not much is known about its origins, astronomers have shown that dark matter plays a crucial role in the formation of galaxies and galaxy clusters. Though not directly observable, scientists know dark matter exists by its gravitation effects on how visible matter moves and is distributed in space.

For a long time, researchers believed that dark matter must be a leftover substance from the Big Bang. Researchers have long sought this kind of dark matter, but so far all experimental searches have been unsuccessful.Johns Hopkins University, “Dark Matter May Be Older Than The Big Bang, Study Suggests” at Newswise

So dark matter isn’t part of the universe as we know it but one of the stage hands that helped set it up? Well, that speculation raises some interesting possibilities…

The media release refers to “time before the Big Bang.” The idea that time did not begin, for our purposes, with the Big Bang would be contested by some. That raises arrow-of-time issues.

See also: Has a recent find brought us closer to understanding why time goes only one way?

and

The Big Bang: Put simply, the facts are wrong.

Consider how little we know: Discover: Even the best dark matter theories are crumbling

Researcher: The search for dark matter has become a “quagmire of confirmation bias” So many research areas in science today are hitting hard barriers that it is reasonable to think that we are missing something.

Physicists devise test to find out if dark matter really exists

Largest particle detector draws a blank on dark matter

What if dark matter just doesn’t stick to the rules?

A proposed dark matter solution makes gravity an illusion

and

Proposed dark matter solution: “Gravity is not a fundamental governance of our universe, but a reaction to the makeup of a given environment.”

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7 Replies to “Dark matter is older than the Big Bang?

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    PeterA says:

    A Highly Spinning and Aligned Binary Black Hole Merger in the Advanced LIGO First Observing Run?

    We report a new binary black hole merger in the publicly available LIGO First Observing Run (O1) data release. The event has an inverse false alarm rate of one per six years in the detector-frame chirp-mass range $mathcal{M}^{rm det} in [20,40]M_odot$ in a new independent analysis pipeline that we developed. Our best estimate of the probability that the event is of astrophysical origin is $P_{rm astro} sim 0.71, .$ The estimated physical parameters of the event indicate that it is the merger of two massive black holes, $mathcal{M}^{rm det} = 31^{+2}_{-3},M_odot$ with an effective spin parameter, $chi_{rm eff} = 0.81^{+0.15}_{-0.21}$, making this the most highly spinning merger reported to date. It is also among the two highest redshift mergers observed so far. The high aligned spin of the merger supports the hypothesis that merging binary black holes can be created by binary stellar evolution.

     

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    Huh?

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    Fasteddious says:

    So, regarding dark matter: “not much is known about its origins”. Given that we don’t know what it is and have not found it anywhere except (maybe) in distant, assumed gravitational effects, this is an understatement. Not much = nothing?

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    SmartAZ says:

    Look it up at wikipedia: Dark matter was invented in 1932 by Ian Oort to fudge his data to agree with his theory.

    The first step in the scientific method is “Observe something.” Dark matter by definition can not be observed, so it is not scientific; it is fiction.

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    EDTA says:

    If dark matter was theorized in 1922, and Hoyle’s Big Bang in 1949, then yes, dark matter is older. Seems pretty clear to me.

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    PeterA says:

    “Galaxies in our universe seem to be achieving an impossible feat. They are rotating with such speed that the gravity generated by their observable matter could not possibly hold them together; they should have torn themselves apart long ago. The same is true of galaxies in clusters, which leads scientists to believe that something we cannot see is at work. They think something we have yet to detect directly is giving these galaxies extra mass, generating the extra gravity they need to stay intact. This strange and unknown matter was called “dark matter” since it is not visible.“

    https://home.cern/science/physics/dark-matter

    “ which leads scientists to believe that something we cannot see is at work.”

    That’s a brilliant conclusion, isn’t it? 🙂

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to draw such an obvious conclusion.

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    PeterA says:

    “Kepler’s forgotten ideas about symmetry help explain spiral galaxies without the need for dark matter”

    https://www.newsweek.com/milky-way-dark-matter-kepler-1453239

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    Pearlman says:

    Per the YeC Moshe Emes series for Torah and Science alignment: based on the strongest science ie highest probability explanation of the empirical observations, there is no need to require/predict the Dark Matter fudge factor to begin with.
    reference volume II ‘SPIRAL cosmological redshift hypothesis and model.

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