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Dark matter may be streaming from the sun


Posted on Saturday, 18 October, 2014 | Comment icon 10 comments

Could our sun be producing dark matter particles ? Image Credit: NASA/Steele Hill
British scientists believe that they may have finally found the first direct evidence of dark matter.
Dark matter, the mysterious substance believed to account for 85 percent of the matter in the universe, has been the subject of intense scientific research and debate ever since its presence was first inferred by the motion of the galaxies.

While many scientists agree that dark matter is likely to exist based on our current understanding of the universe, to date nobody has been able to directly detect or observe it.

Now however a group of scientists at the University of Leicester have discovered tantalizing hints of the mysterious substance in the form of a signal on the X-ray spectrum which seems to be a signature of axions, a theoretical dark matter particle.
What makes the find even more interesting is the fact that these axions, far from being located in a distant part of the universe, are in fact streaming out from the center of our own sun.

"The X-ray background - the sky, after the bright X-ray sources are removed - appears to be unchanged whenever you look at it," said study author Andy Read.

"However, we have discovered a seasonal signal in this X-ray background, which has no conventional explanation, but is consistent with the discovery of axions."

Source: Science Alert | Comments (10)


Tags: Dark Matter, Sun


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Comment icon #1 Posted by bison on 18 October, 2014, 18:25
The 'soft' or low energy nature of the detected x rays (peak below 1 KeV) seems consonant with the supposed very low mass of the axions that could account for dark matter.
Comment icon #2 Posted by qxcontinuum on 18 October, 2014, 23:30
Yeah this is always why i am concern listening to scientists and cosmologists in general speaking of cosmical chemistry or giving out seminars regarding Universe manifestations... Well i must say they don't know nothing ...
Comment icon #3 Posted by bison on 19 October, 2014, 3:15
Actually, the scientists involved in this research, and some others, are carefully skeptical about the connection of the observed x- rays to dark matter. They realize, and openly admit that much work lies ahead before this connection could be demonstrated to a reasonable degree of certainty. For details on this, see the linked article, below. http://www.scientifi...r-from-the-sun/
Comment icon #4 Posted by ROGER on 20 October, 2014, 5:42
Reading about the nature of sub-atomic particles and energy waves has an adverse effect to my pre-frontal lobe .
Comment icon #5 Posted by regeneratia on 20 October, 2014, 20:41
You know, that is just so curious. And we have lots of solar activity today and for that last few days. With a HUGE, huge sunspot just hanging out. Meanwhile, 6.0 earthquake in Ecuador today. Had to go to the optometrist the other day. He wants to address the astigmatism (presently slight and in one eye). I said to him, "what if I am supposed to see that stuff? What if that is plasma flowing out of the light that I am supposed to know about, am supposed to see?" We repaired it anyway. I want to be able to see the moon and stars with clarity.
Comment icon #6 Posted by regeneratia on 20 October, 2014, 20:47
Actually, the scientists involved in this research, and some others, are carefully skeptical about the connection of the observed x- rays to dark matter. They realize, and openly admit that much work lies ahead before this connection could be demonstrated to a reasonable degree of certainty. For details on this, see the linked article, below. http://www.scientifi...r-from-the-sun/ And now they are seeing that the corona is a lot hotter than the surface of the sun. Well, that has been known for a long time but the media didn't present it to us. Anyway, what if the sun is highly reactive to cosm... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by regeneratia on 20 October, 2014, 22:36
Gods I love the sun. http://www.solarham.net/
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mr Supertypo on 27 October, 2014, 10:54
I was wondering, im in the realm of sci fy right now, what if the day we get fusion power plant, they start to emit dark matter as a unforeseen consequence? what would the consequences to the eco system be?
Comment icon #9 Posted by bison on 27 October, 2014, 15:58
Axions, the form of dark matter being discussed here, should have very little effect. They have so little mass that they rarely interact with ordinary matter, living, or otherwise. Even when interacting with a magnetic field, they apparently produce x rays of less than 1 KeV intensity. These would very probably be absorbed by the shielding of any fusion reactor we could devise. To given some sense of the low penetrating power of soft x rays, A 600 eV x ray can be absorbed by a layer of water less than one micrometer thick.
Comment icon #10 Posted by third_eye on 27 October, 2014, 16:02
I'd like to lodge a complaint if I may ~


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