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Is there dark matter around the Earth ?

Posted on Saturday, 4 January, 2014 | Comment icon 61 comments

New clues suggest we may have our own belt of dark matter. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Open Space Project
New research suggests that the Earth may be heavier than believed due to the presence of dark matter.
Dark matter is a theoretical type of matter that is believed to make up a large percentage of the mass of the universe. It can't be observed directly and there is no guarantee that it actually exists at all, but nonetheless this enigmatic material has been a staple of cosmological science for years.

Recent research has suggested that dark matter might not only exist out in space but may actually be present around our own planet as well. In 2009, scientists at Princeton's Institute of Advanced Studies were investigating anomalous changes in the speeds of space probes in orbit around the Earth and theorized that this could be down to the presence of dark matter.

More recently, Ben Harris of the University of Texas conducted similar research to discover anomalies in the Earth's mass. His findings indicated that there could be a band of dark matter around the Earth's equator measuring 45,000 miles wide and 120 miles thick.

Source: UPI | Comments (61)

Tags: Dark Matter, Earth

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Comment icon #52 Posted by shrooma on 24 June, 2014, 19:55
. god, i bloody hope so!! .
Comment icon #53 Posted by shrooma on 24 June, 2014, 20:15
. s**t- that was my theory too! if we both reached that conclusion independently (based on observation of course...) then it MUST be true! (do Nobel split prizes?! if not, let's toss for it....) :-)
Comment icon #54 Posted by badeskov on 27 June, 2014, 21:05
The bible has no impact on this whatsoever. Learn about science first, then maybe you can pull in bible quotes as you may understand them in context. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #55 Posted by stormbay on 28 June, 2014, 23:57
Considering the theory of light being the fastest most constant thing in the universe has been debunked, the same theories surrounding dark matter and energy will also be seen to be false. They have found neutrinos moving faster than light and it won't be long before they discover there are many energies in this universe much faster than light and that will include dark matter movement and the energy it expresses. Dark matter and dark energy may actually be forms from other dimensional realties, interacting with our own 3 dimensional one and this force creates what we call gravity. It'... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by badeskov on 29 June, 2014, 3:29
Ugh...I am not even going to ask Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #57 Posted by keithisco on 29 June, 2014, 7:03
Emphasis mine: No "they" haven't, the experiment that you refer to was found to have connectivity errors in the measurement detectors giving a False Positive for FTL Neutrinos.
Comment icon #58 Posted by RabidMongoose on 29 June, 2014, 11:39
If it exists then possibly yes. Maybe we simply don't know how gravity works on very small or very large scales.
Comment icon #59 Posted by Frank Merton on 29 June, 2014, 12:15
The dark matter problem will be solved, I would say the odds are 99.999% in favor, by our finding out what it is. It may be several different things, which would help understand some of the puzzles. That the explanation will require a revision of our theory of gravitation is much less likely.
Comment icon #60 Posted by RabidMongoose on 29 June, 2014, 14:44
Bearing in mind we dont have an experimentally verfied quantum theory of gravity then our present theories of gravitation will have to be revised at some point. We already know that neither works at very small distances. I'm expecting a quantum theory of gravity (when discovered and tested) to come into play on vast scales not just microscopic scales. The reason being is things can be so large (a galaxy) that its impossible for it and you to be a complete quantum system. I think we will discover thats why gravity on vast scales like that of a galaxy is stronger than what both current t... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by stormbay on 30 June, 2014, 2:11
They have found neutrinos moving faster than light, it may be a fault in the connections causing it, but then again it may not, as they are still doing tests. Most discoveries tend to come from misunderstood or mistakes in the experiment, they always lead to different investigations opening up more understanding and in most cases, directions of research. It's those deeply in denial who always reject outright, what doesn't fit within their simple programming and miss out on a new understanding with their closed door attitudes.

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