What Happened to the Dark Matter?


"Dark matter and dark energy are two of the most vexing problems in science today. Together they dominate the universe, comprising some 96 percent of all mass and energy.  ... But nobody knows what either is. It's tempting to consider them products of the same unknown phenomenon ... 

Dark matter was invoked decades ago to explain why galaxies hold together. Given regular matter alone, galaxies might never have formed, and today they would fly apart. So there must be some unknown stuff that forms invisible clumps to act as gravitational glue."

Barred Spiral GalaxyIn other words, the galaxies themselves (if they really are hundreds of millions, or billions of years old) shouldn't possess spiral arms, but should simply consist of large balls of stars, with more stars in the center and fewer on the perimeter.  This is because, as galaxies spin, after about 4-5 revolutions, they should lose their "structure" (i.e. their spiral arms), but for some reason they don't.

Astronomers believe this is because there is a lot more mass in the galaxies than can be detected, and so they have invented the theory of "Dark Matter" to account for the belief that the universe, and the galaxies in it, are billions of years old, when in fact all galaxies with spiral arms look quite Young.  But rather than consider this possibility, they continue to search for something that probably doesn't exist.  In other words, the "Missing Mass" really does appear to be missing and roughly half of the galaxies in our universe suggest that it is less than 100 million years old.  

Another way to think of this is to look at our own Solar System.  The Planets that are closest to the Sun are rotating around it more rapidly than those on the outside.  This is also very likely the way things are with Spiral Galaxies.  I.E. The stars near the center are rotating around the center much faster than those on the outer reaches.  However, in the case Spiral Galaxies, Astronomers and Cosmologists believe that the outer stars are rotating around their central cores almost as fast as the ones in the center.  In other words, they  believe  that some invisible force is holding the whole thing together so that it turns around like a rigid mass or like a Ferris Wheel.  For example, they believe that Neptune and Pluto are rotating around the Sun, not in 165 and 248 years for a single revolution, as they in fact do, but almost as fast as the Earth.   

In this regard Theodore Rybka 2 has stated that:

"Spiral galaxies possess a central core which is oblate spheroidal in shape, and have an outer thin flat disk which contain the spiral arms.  Spiral galaxies are rotating, and they are rotating faster in the center than in the outer arms.  As a result, after a few periods of rotation of the galaxy, the spiral arms would become wound up (as one winds up a ball of yarn)." 2

"The period of rotation of our sun about our galaxy is approximately 200 million years.  The galactic rotation of the central core takes about 100 million years.  Most galaxies have spiral arms that are less than one to two turns.  This argument, therefore, maintains that since the Milky Way galaxy and, indeed, other galaxies, show spiral arms, the universe cannot be older than 3/2 x 100 million years = 150 million years." 2   Emphasis Added

"A model of a spiral galaxy that is used is the following: The central core rotates as a rigid disk.  Outside this central core are the spiral arms and the celestial objects therein obey the Keplerian law that the square of the orbit period is proportional to the cube of the orbit radius." 2

"If we consider an object on the edge of the central core, it takes 100 million years for one revolution.  Our sun, which is a third of the way in from the spiral extremity, takes 200 million years.  The spiral extremity period calculates as well over 350 million years." 2

"Now, in the time it takes a star at the central core edge to make one revolution, a star at the spiral arm extremity would make a little more than a quarter on a revolution." 2

"... Since most spiral galaxies have spiral arms less than one turn, this consideration indicates that the galactic age is 100 million years maximum." 2   Emphasis Added

"Slusher 1 notes that spiral arms should break up within a few rotations of a galaxy (within at most five hundred million years), and galaxies should lose their spiral structure." 2

"... Swihart 2 uses the idea of spiral density waves to explain the continued existence of the spiral arms.  The wave is simply a region that has a higher-than-average density, and this, in turn, forms new stars.  The density wave, and the stars which have formed, move at different speeds.  The stars are said to age and die as they lag behind the density wave.  New stars are formed in the region that the density wave then occupies.  The spiral arms do indeed contain many hot and young (so designated) stars.  "Older" and cooler stars are observed in the regions of the disk between spiral arms.  However, astronomers Clube and Napier 3 state, "... that the density waves seem to be incapable of compressing diffuse gases into the cold dense clouds actually observed in the spiral arms.  ... (and thus) ... some astronomers question ... the density wave (scenario) ..." 2

"Clube and Napier 4 explain that the spiral arms can continue to exist, despite the differential rotation which would very soon tear the arms to shreds, in the following manner.  The spiral arms are to be thought of as being formed and reformed again and again.  The arms are said to emerge from the nucleus at intervals in the form of cold dense clouds, and then are destroyed by the shearing forces of rotation.   Clube and Napier claim that the spiral arms are made conspicuous by a relatively few, new, especially luminous stars that are short lived." 2

Barred Spiral Galaxy"There are several constraints and problems with this scheme.  If the lifetime of the bright stars in the arms is not less than the spiral arm lifetime, then the region between the subsequently formed spiral arms is still filled with bright stars; hence no spiral structure can result.  The intervals at which dense cold gas is ejected from the core must be greater than the lifetime of the spiral arms.  Otherwise, spiral arms with different curvature would exist in the same galaxy.  No galaxies with differing spiral arm curvature, to my knowledge, have been found.  What causes these cold masses of gas to periodically  emerge from the core?  Why do these gas masses always emerge in pairs at opposite sides of the central core, and only in the plane containing the spiral arms?" 2   Emphasis Added

"The barred spirals ... consist of a bar connecting the spirals to the core.  This structure of the barred spiral is clearly contradictory to the idea of the galactic spiral arms being formed and re-formed." Emphasis Added

What about Barred Spirals!

"Barred Spiral Galaxies:  Barred spirals are a special type of spiral galaxy.  Like spiral galaxies, barred spirals have outer spiral arms, but only a small central core. In addition, they possess a straight region of stars, called bars, which connect the core to the spiral arms.  Some excellent photographs of barred spirals are presented in Timothy Ferris'  book. 1  In the solar system, Kepler's Third Law states that the squares of the periodic times of the planets are proportional to the cube of the approximate radii of their orbits.  From this law of physics, these structures must be young or the bars would long since have been bent into spirals.

The period of rotation of the inner core is 100 million years.  Taking one-eighth of a rotation as the maximum galaxy could have rotated since formation, one obtains a maximum age of 12.5 million years." 3 Emphasis Added

From Scheffler and Elsässer 4  comes the following observation.   

"As we already know from ... observations of the ... (different) galactic rotation of the stars ..." 4

"An outstanding problem of stellar dynamics is the construction of a dynamic model of the galaxy... demands a dynamical interpretation. Whilst the galactic stars themselves in their totality cause the gravitational field, this for its part  influences the stellar motions -- the interstellar matter is involved in ... an essentially minor extent ... 5 

 "... An interesting ancillary problem of galactic dynamics is the explanation of the spiral structure: the spiral arms can be interpreted as density waves in the galactic disc of stars, caused by gravitational interactions." 5  

"... Full understanding of the complicated structure of the galaxy can only be obtained from consideration of the ... time dependent dynamical problem, in which the gas dynamic development of the (pah-pah) protogalactic cloud  and ... subsequent star forming processes are ... included." 5  

The Winding Up Dilemma: 

"Like our Milky Way system, the other flat galaxies  as a rule rotate differentially, with an angular velocity w = w(R) which decreases  outwards.  Non circular structures, therefore, such as a straight band lying in the main plane through the centre of  rotation, will be drawn out with time into a spiral configuration.  The development of spiral structure accordingly appears  at first easy to explain. However a spiral arm which always consisted of the same stars and interstellar clouds, thus representing a structure fixed in the material would, be already fully 'wound up' (like a clock spring) after only a few rotation periods and thereafter disappear.   For a galaxy the size of the Milky Way system this would require only a few 108 years.   To explain the high observed frequency of galaxies with spiral arms, therefore requires either the assumption that a new spiral structure be created after only about 108 years, or that the observed spiral arms are not structures fixed in  the material, but represent a relatively long-lived wave-like perturbation  of the original rotationally symmetric galaxy. " 6    

However, there is a third explanation which wasn't even considered, due to the assumption that the Universe is many Billions of years old ... and that enough time was available for life to have 'evolved all by itself ... without any help from an outside Intelligent Being: otherwise known as our Creator / God.

In other words, the above scenarios all assume that dark matter exists, AND that the universe is billions of years old, when in fact it looks much younger.  This scenario doesn't require all sorts of fancy interpretations and speculations but rather is quite straightforward -- only using the data that we actually observe.  This however, would mean that evolution played very little, if any, part in how we -- and other life forms -- came to be, and points directly toward a Creator.   

Randy S, Berg, Copyright © 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013

References Home
Big Bang Theory: Part I Pop Goes The Bang  
DeYoung on Dark Matter Big Bang Theory: Pt II
Big Bang echoes corrupted? Big Bang Theory in Trouble
No Dark Matter in Milky Way Why the Big Bang is Wrong
Discovery Poses Cosmic Puzzle Scientists speak on Origin of Matter
Big Bang Broken and Can't Be Fixed Exploding Stars Point to Young Universe