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What is Dark Matter? Are There Blueberries on Mars?

The theory is that dark matter is made up of particles that can't interact with the electromagnetic force, and thus can't be revealed with light. But they do interact gravitationally--in fact, it's the gravitational pull of dark matter that stops galaxies from flying apart as they rotate. Astronomers think there is five times as much dark matter in the universe as there is ordinary matter, even though we can't see it. Since both the dark and the visible forms of matter are affected by gravity, they tend to cluster together.

If we can't see dark matter, how is it detected? By looking at the distorting effect that dark matter has on the light emitted by nearby galaxies.

We'll have more answers soon, since--now that they've seen the Higgs Boson, CERN will now start searching for individual particles of dark matter.

Meanwhile, Curiosity isn't the only space vehicle that's exploring the surface of Mars (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). NASA's long-lived rover Opportunity, launched in 2003, has returned an image of tiny round rocks, about one-eighth of an inch in diameter, that astronomers have nicknamed "blueberries."

Science Daily quotes NASA's Steve Squyres as saying, "This is one of the most extraordinary pictures from the whole mission. (The 'Kirkwood' area of Mars) is chock full of a dense accumulation of these small spherical objects. Of course, we immediately thought of the blueberries, but this is something different. We never have seen such a dense accumulation of spherules in a rock outcrop on Mars."

NASA's John Callas is quoted as saying, "The rover is in very good health considering its 8 ½ years of hard work on the surface of Mars."

We might as well ask, who are the Visitors? We're proud to say that WE'RE researching that question, by interviewing some of the many people who have interacted with them, just for our wonderful and loyal subscribers.

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Whitley,
The Dark Matter hypothesis is fast being debunked by plasma theory.
Remember the report by Linda Howe about the Thunderbolts Project? Plasma theory purports an electric universe and that electricity is, by far, the dominant force in the universe and accounts for all of the conditions seen in the far reaches of space. Dark Matter and Dark Energy were/are artificial assumptions designed to mathematically force modern cosmological theories into compliance with the idea that gravity is the ONLY force in space. Plasma theory is based on observation and repeatable experimentation (the definition of science) and can account for every observed phenomenon in space... including the "Blueberries" and other anomalies on Mars and the Moon (Think plasma discharge).
Please get on board the Thunderbolts bandwagon and stop supporting failed cosmology theory by visiting ThunderboltsInfo.com or better yet... call them and arrange to attend the next conference: "ELECTRIC UNIVERSE 2013—The Tipping Point," in Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 3-6.
Also, you can check them out on YouTube just search Thunderbolts Project.
I know that you are seeking the truth... aren't you?
You have spoken often about a new science, well, here it is.
Thanks.
"The times... they are a changing."

Oops! I meant to type Thunderbolts.Info as the reference (NOT thunderboltsinfo.com).
Sorry about that.

I wish they would explain why dark matter doesn't block out the stars from time to time (stars and galaxies are only 4-5% of the universe apparently). And I wish they would explain why we can see light emitted 13 billion years ago from the early galaxies in the early universe. I just don't get these things and they never explain it!

Frek,

The speed of light travels at a little over 186,000 miles a second. The sheer size of the Universe and the almost unimaginable distances involved means that virtually every natural object you see in the night sky is being observed as it appeared in the past. Oh, and that includes the Sun during the day. The Sun is 93 million miles away from us, and it takes approximately 8 minutes for the light to reach Earth, so even the Sun is being viewed as of 8 minutes ago!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of_light

Frek,
And to expand on Cosmic's comment, as we look out in space we are also looking back in time. Because the universe is expanding everywhere, places that began near us at the big bang are now on the other side of the universe. Think of a balloon inflating. Because of light's speed limit, there are parts of the universe that are too far away for us to see yet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observable_universe

As for dark matter, it does not interact with anything except gravity. It is "dark" because we cannot see it because it does not interact with photons. Therefore, light (photons) from stars would pass right through it.

Hope this helps.

Quantum Johnny,
The information you just gave is your grandfather's cosmology. The Big Bang has been proven wrong; the expanding universe has been proven wrong; spectral red shift due to receding objects in space has been proven wrong: and most heretical of all, black holes have been proven wrong. All of these assumptions are exactly what I believed too because that is what was taught in High School and College in those heady years long ago.
Standard cosmologists will, of course, argue forcibly in favor for their mathematically derived theories and assumptions... however even the best Buggy Whip maker eventually had to give up the notion that the horse was the ultimate in personal transportation.
But don.t take my word for it! Please visit THUNDERBOLTS.INFO and learn for yourself. Especially read the eight part series : "Essential Guide to the Electric Universe." It is jammed packed with, not only theories but experimental and observational data to back everything up.
And, as I mentioned earlier above... hundreds of physicists, cosmologists, astronomers, and other scientists from varying disciplines and organizations will be attending : EU 2013 conference in Albuquerque, N.M Jan 3 - 6 (Linda Moulton Howe attended the last one).
I will quote form the site :

“Today, nothing is more important to the future and credibility of science than liberation from the gravity-driven universe of prior theory. A mistaken supposition has not only prevented intelligent and sincere investigators from seeing what would otherwise be obvious, it has bred indifference to possibilities that could have inspired the sciences for decades.”

Please take the leap... all of you... and visit the thunderbolts.info site and study it... lots of free, mindboggling information that will change everything about the way you view the Universe around you (think Plasma Theory, Electrical Discharge and Solar System formation).

By the way. videos of lectures from "EU- 2012" are available along with full length DVDs, books and myriad articles.

Here's to a new beginning.

Addendum:
No. I do not work for nor am I connected in anyway (except by subscription to the Thunderbolts YouTube feed and their Newsletter) to the Thunderbolts Project. I'm just an old guy who is fascinated with the ideas being presented by them and gobsmacked by all the "Science" I've got to forget... because it is wrong.

went to the thunderbolts.info site.
thanks for the answers. I didn't know dark matter didn't interact with photons, that explains a lot. I can only assume the universe is expanding with near light speed if light emitted 13 billion years ago close to us has been that long catching up. But then I think the red shift is tiny indicating that the universe is not expanding that fast. I'm guessing that the universe expansion has something to do with the timespace continuum expanding rather than just the distances between stars increasing. I wonder if a 1m stick gets longer every year (and our measure tapes too) in an expanding universe lol. I think I will search Youtube for info on the expanding universe and the effects. Here's a short video on a crazy quantum theory effects: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e3zoUW2x3A
(physics can be very strange...)

I have been going to Thunderbolts for years. I have also read a lot about physics, cosmology, etc. One thing that I know for sure is that no one really knows for certain how our Universe really works. It is exciting though to study new ideas and perspectives on EVERYTHING.

To quote Gwendolyn Fairfax from Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest': "The suspense is terrible! I hope it will last!". :-)

I find the unknown annoying, like an itch. Been curious about UFO's since I was 12 when a class mate and I subscribed to a UFO news magazine. He bought a UFO detector. Time flies and the mystery only deepens.

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