So what’s going on with that ‘Hurricane of Dark Matter?’. It’s the perfect science-fiction device: a hurricane of dark matter. Recent, real-life research has demonstrated that our Sun is currently engulfed in a so-called a stellar stream. Some publications have seized on this ominous-sounding idea, reporting that Earth is about to be walloped by a dark matter storm—but in fact, if it exists, we’re already inside the storm. The reality of the situation isn’t quite so dire, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

The Sun is currently engulfed by a hurricane of dark matter, The Sun is currently engulfed in a so-called a stellar stream a hurricane of dark matter
The Sun is currently engulfed in a so-called a stellar stream, a hurricane of dark matter. By C. O’Hare/NASA

Stellar streams are populations of related stars that could have once been pieces of a dwarf galaxy or globular cluster, but have now been shredded apart by gravitational forces and pass through parts of our galaxy. Since astronomers are pretty sure that stuff called dark matter serves as the gravitational scaffolding for dwarf galaxies, then presumably a stellar stream should also contain some percentage of dark matter. Maybe a dark matter experiment could detect dark matter particles from the recently discovered stream running through our cosmic neighborhood.

There’s supposed to be a stream that we’re inside of right now,” Ciaran O’Hare, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Zaragoza, told Gizmodo. “It immediately made me think about the consequences for dark matter.

The most successful models to describe the universe are based on experiments showing that that the cosmos is made up of 5 percent regular matter, perhaps 70 percent “dark energy” that is driving the universe apart, and the rest, around 25 percent, “dark matter.” Scientists have reason to believe that dark matter consists of particles, the same way that everything we can see is made of particles, and that it’s the scaffolding for the universe’s large-scale structure. But this dark matter has only ever been observed based on its gravitational effects.

Scientists are in the midst of hunting for a dark matter particle. But meanwhile, surveys such as the European Space Agency’s Gaia telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey have created enormous maps of the sky, complete with positions, velocity, and other data points for our region of the Milky Way galaxy. The data revealed “substantial structures,” such as this stream and accompanying dark matter hurricane, called S1, hitting the Solar System head-on.

Perhaps this dark matter hurricane could be detectable by today’s existing dark matter detection experiments, and would have a distinguishable signal from the Milky Way’s background dark matter. It would move much faster—a “hurricane,” compared to the background dark matter “wind,” according to the paper published last week in Physical Review D. The researchers then analyzed whether they’d be able to spot the stream with upcoming dark matter detectors.

If dark matter comprised of a “weakly interacting massive particle” or WIMP, a particle with a mass similar to the other particles but that interacts weakly (imagine a light breeze interacting with a skyscraper), then the hurricane would only be detectable if the particles had a specific mass range, according to the paper. Experiments like the XENON NT detector in Italy wouldn’t be able to pick out the direction of a potential dark matter particle, explained Laura Baudis, physics professor at the University of Zürich who was not involved in the new paper. Doing so would take a much larger detector, given the kinds of WIMPs that have already been ruled out.

And if dark matter is instead comprised of much lighter particles called axions, the hurricane’s effects would perhaps be more noticeable, according to the paper’s calculations.

I think it’s quite an interesting idea,” Sownak Bose, postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told Gizmodo. “All these experiments trying to detect dark matter have a possibility to have their signals boosted by this extra flux.

Bose pointed out that the amount of dark matter in the stream might vary based on the specific dwarf galaxy that created the stream—or if the dark matter is something more exotic than the theoretical WIMPs and axions. But he was excited about what the incredible amount of Gaia data could do for studies of these streams.

So, if there is a dark matter hurricane, we’re literally inside of it right now. But we’re safe… from the dark matter, at least.

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Gizmodod – So What’s Going on With That ‘Hurricane of Dark Matter?’

14 COMMENTS

  1. blacks and whites will be affected differently since we are different species. blacks are true humans. whites are part human part animal DNA so who knows what will happen to those types that are unnatural and never came thru a black womb. most will probably die.

  2. 3 days of darkness might coming very soon! Do you remember that Andromedan Contactee Alex Collier was told by Andromedan that Galactic Federation of Light will follow the story of the Bible becuase so many people believe and read the Bible. That means 3 days of darknes in the Bible is coming.

    3 Days of Darkness – 3 Visions – Rapture
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPcm1ZNfDd0

    On this video, there are 3 perceptions of prophetic people. To me, the last one was the closest one I’ve perceived. During this 3 days of darkness, do not go outside and stay at home. You can make it if you are the LIGHT side. For DARK side people, they might experience the expulsion from the Earth to Hell (lower prison dimension or prison planet). They might die in a terrible way during 3 days of darkness.

  3. US Government is screwing up and messing up Dutchsinse’s computer system when he told that Government paid scientists are disgusting. Starting at 42:00 on the following video.

    11/16/2018 — Large Earthquake OUTBREAK — Multiple M6.0+ earthquakes strike across planet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XndxkmcK3sM

    • USGS has been owned by Jesuit, a Reptilian entity. It is natural for them to disturb Dutchsinse.

  4. When the truth can no longer be denied or denigrated, and the scientific community swallow hard and admit they’ve been wrong for over 1000 years about almost everything in the Standard Model, and the doyens of peer review step reluctantly aside to allow genuine investigation via experimentation and hypothesis, and everyone stops pretending it’s ok to divide by zero in “black hole” equations, and the media admit they don’t really know anything about science, and someone with a real reputation says publicly that General Relativity is total poppycock, and (the late) Halton Arp is justly recognized as the Galileo of our time for proving Big Bang Theory fundamentally false, and Electric Universe Theory is accepted as the only cosmology making any sense at all, only then will science break free from the smoke-n-mirrors stranglehold of the second biggest fairy tale ever told, and mathematics will once again be used as a tool for discovering hidden truths instead of an obfuscating device for hiding the truth. How liberating that will be! Coming soon!

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