Thursday, October 02, 2008

Is the Planet Trapped in a Space-Time Bubble?


Here is a story that has science fiction written all over it. The question: Is the Planet Trapped in a Space-Time Bubble? Now how, are you asking, did we arrive at THAT bizarre conclusion? Let me explain. In a recent article published in the Daily Galaxy the argument was made for some of the odd actions that far off galaxies and other object exhibit. Really far off object seem to be expanding away from Earth. Every far off object, no matter what direction you look in is moving away. Forever expanding. Weider still they ALL are accelerating. Now most astronomers almost to a person will put forth that there is an unseen force and "dark matter" that is between every galaxy and there for producing a force that is pushing these objects away. Some recent discoveries have even shown, if not directly, made a very convincing argument for the existence of dark matter. Now comes the weird twist. It's well known that our region of space is remarkably devoid of matter. Yes, there are stars and planets where ever we look. But outside our local area there is a veritable vacuum containing almost no matter. Some scientists have put forth that this lack of matter can "warp" our perception of the space around us. If this is the case then light coming through this void would be distorted in such a manner as to make it appear as though far reaching objects were moving away from us in an ever accelerating manner. One experiment that can help clear up this inconsistency is the upcoming Joint Dark Energy Mission, planned by Mission and the US Department of Energy, and set to launch in 2014 or 2015, hopes to measure the expansion of the universe precisely by observing a large number of supernovae.

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4 comments:

wolfkahn said...

Very interesting but extremely speculative.

Paul said...

yeah, I know...but really It DOES have science fiction story written all over it!

Shaun said...

Paul's right - a good SF story only requires a whiff of scientific possibility :-) (while fantasy requires nothing at all)

Paul said...

ahhhh much better put Shaun, much better!