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Could that hole in the sun be dark matter?

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From Shannon Palus at New Scientist:

THERE is a hole in the sun. Right in the middle, a mass the size of 1500 Earths has simply disappeared. Much of what we know about the sun’s behaviour says it should be there – but when we interpret the data encoded in sunlight, that chunk of stuff is nowhere to be seen.

That has shaken up our understanding of how the sun works, and physicists are struggling to figure out what fills that hole. It could be a thing, like dark matter. It could be a concept, with elements such as carbon and nitrogen simply behaving in a way we didn’t expect under crushing pressure. Or perhaps we’re looking at the sun in the wrong way.More.

French Fries It got our attention anyway.

See also: Are we really closing in on dark matter? At this point, it may be useful to stop and ask, is there a date on dark matter’s IOU? Is there any point at which we can reevaluate without starting a blame circus? Because, if not, this is really a quest for something in inner space, not outer space and it is not clear what we are looking for.

and

Rob Sheldon: Dark matter has finally been found—in pop science mags

8 Replies to “Could that hole in the sun be dark matter?

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    J-Mac says:

    Luke 25:25-26

    “25 There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among the nations, bewildered by the roaring of the sea and the surging of the waves. 26 Men will faint from fear and anxiety over what is coming upon the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

    The Moon is up next for a hole or something…

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    Mung says:

    Donuts in space. Yum.

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    J-Mac says:

    I’d say bagels… 😉

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    J-Mac says:

    As per black hell theory by ba77, all atheists and false religious should fit into that black hole in the Sun…

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    J-Mac says:

    Typo! It’s Luke 21:25-26 and not Luke 25.

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    Mung says:

    I think that’s an object between the camera and the sun. Loks like a Death Star.

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    Pearlman says:

    see SPIRAL’s SNAP and draw play hypotheses about what used to be in the center of the sun.
    also as to why the strongest science predicts CR but not the SCM hypothesized missing dark matter.

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