Earth could contain thin ‘hairs’ of dark matter according to a new theory published and written by Gary Prézeau, a scientist who works for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA in Pasadena, California. His new theory relies on the fact that planets generate a gravitational influence on dark matter and that influence could cause dark matter going through our universe to act in a certain way.
- Scientist’s new theory implies hairs of dark matter could be sprouting from planets like Earth.
- The search for dark matter is still going strong as no research has been able to prove it exists beyond a boubt.
- The new theory sugests that there are filaments of dark matter floating through our universe.
The new concept has been detailed in a paper recently published in the Astrophysical Journal and it states that planets such as Earth could still contain filaments of dark matter within them because of the attraction force that cores of planets such as ours exhibit.
This would be a major breakthrough in the search for dark matter as it has not been yet found within the universe. Locations where it is believed that it might be exist but scientists have not managed to prove its existence beyond a doubt yet. Many theories concerning the existence of dark matter have emerged over the years. One such theory states that dark matter could be formed in particles that organize themselves in thin streams and orbit galaxies across the universe.
But what Prézeau proposes is that when these streams interact with gravitational forces such as one from our planet’s core, during the formation of a galaxy, the particles within the stream continue to travel at the same velocity as they did before and that the stream itself crosses the respective galaxy unseen.
According to his study, these streams of dark matter can be a lot larger than the solar system and they could be crossing through the galaxy in which they are. Prézeau thinks that when such a stream interacts with a planet such as Earth, the particles of dark matter in the stream focus into a very dense ‘hair’ or filament. It is this gravitational force and the high temperatures at the Earth’s core that could cause them. This would imply that such hairs of dark matter should be sprouting from planets in our solar system.
Prézeau has performed simulations which show that Earth’s gravitational force would manipulate the stream of dark matter and cause the particles to form this very dense filament, behaving in a manner in which matter could not. According to his finding, such a hair could contain a root, closer to the Earth’s core, where more particles of dark matter would have to unite, and a tip, closer to the surface of the planet.