Matter not observed directly but inferred to exist based upon its gravitational effects

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Can the Sun capture dark matter gravitationally?

I think my title sums it up. Given that we think the dark matter is pseudo-spherically distributed and orbits in the Galactic potential with everything else, then I assume that its speed with respect ...
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Wouldn't dark matter throw off the calculation of Earth's 'light' mass and estimates of its composition?

The Cavendish experiment first determined the mass of the Earth and (arguably) the gravitational constant. However, given the ubiquitous nature of dark matter, it seems reasonable that at least some ...
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Can you collide with dark matter?

Assuming dark matter has space and weight, can dark matter collide with others planet? If unlike normal matter, dark matter repels matter, Will it makes dark matter impossible to collide with normal ...
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Missing Matter Problem and Galactic Kinematics

This is a re-wording of an earlier problem I posted. The standard example of the Missing Mass Problem comes from the rotational profiles of galaxies. By counting up the visible matter, we extrapolate ...
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Can observations of cosmic super voids teach us anything about time, dark energy, or dark matter?

Can observations of cosmic super voids teach us anything about... Time - If gravity affects time is there a chance we could gain any further information from studying a region with lower than ...
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Do most physicists believe that axions exist? [closed]

Is the theoretical justification behind proposing axions sufficiently robust, like, say the Higgs boson prior to its detection, that one should consider the existence of axions as generally accepted ...
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Distribution of dark matter in galactic halos

Often dark matter around galaxies is referred to as a 'halo'. I've seen the galactic rotation curves, but I'm having trouble visualizing how the dark matter is distributed for a typical rotating ...
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Could Hyper-Massive Black Holes be due to Dark Matter in the Early Universe?

An interesting discussion started here: Is there a limit as to how fast a black hole can grow? I am curious if Thompson Scattering and Eddington Luminosity have the same effect on Dark Matter (or ...
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Experimental Data for Mass Distribution of a Galaxy

My goal here is not to discuss dark matter in general. I know there are many other observational clues that hint us towards Dark matter. My goal is simply to understand this argument here a little ...
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What is dark matter composed of? [duplicate]

They say that about 80% of the matter in the universe is dark matter -- some unknown substance that has mass. But what is this matter expected or speculated to be composed of? For example might it ...
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WIMPs - would they be charged?

I'm no expert in this stuff, it's just a hobby to me, but I've been reading up on the WIMP theory a bit - layman articles, not published research. From Wiki on Dark Matter: It also cannot ...
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How much dark matter is needed to gravitationally distort light?

I understand that dark matter only has a gravitational property. It does not interact directly with regular matter or EM radiation. The evidence for dark matter comes from observations that contradict ...
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Could the gravitional pull of all the travelling photons “relativistic mass” in our galaxy explain “dark matter”? [duplicate]

Does that make sense mathematically? If we could sum up all the photons in-transit in our galaxy and calculate the total gravitational pull, could it provide an alternate explanation instead of ...
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What is meant by “shallow density profile” in the context of dark matter halos?

Evidently there is a consensus about the density profile of dark matter at large distances from the centers of galaxies, but it is not known whether their density profiles are "shallow" or "cuspy". ...
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How does mirror matter account for the faster than expected spin of gallaxies?

To explain dark matter, some physicists have postulated the existence of mirror matter as an alternative to WIMPs, where mirror matter particles could interact with one another in the same way as ...
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Galaxy rotation curve

In calculating galaxies' rotation curve, it is assumed that masses outside the orbit has no contribution and masses inside the orbit can be deemed as if they were at the center, just like the case of ...
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What exactly is 'Dark Matter'? [duplicate]

There are many documentaries, forums, blogs and more dedicated to Dark Matter. I have been frantically searching for an answer to my question however none of my sources have clarity to the matter of ...
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Relativity and Galaxy Rotation Speed

If time travels slower nearer gravity wells, why can't the galaxy rotation speeds being faster on the outer edges than the inner areas be explained by relativity? What necessitates dark matter?
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What is a reasonably accurate but simple model of the Milky Way's gravitational field?

I am putting together a toy program which shows how stars move around in the galaxy. To run the simulation I need to know strength of the Milky Way's gravitational field at any location in it. I'm ...
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Distribution and detection of dark matter

I feel in the dark (no pun intended :), I'm sure most of you are familiar with this image I pulled from wikipedia: The caption reads: "3D map of the large-scale distribution of dark matter, ...
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Dark matter, dark energy [closed]

As I understand dark matter and dark energy are quite theoretical . That modern theories require the existence of these phenomena. I read a lot of information about this. And I realized that ...
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Why is dark matter used to explain big movements but not small ones

Just read that there are perturbations of stuff in the outer solar system that suggest there are Earth sized planets far out from the sun, in the dark. When the same sort of effects are seen at the ...
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Can curvature waves in f(R) theories explain gravitational lensing in cluster collisions?

The Einstein-Hilbert action leading to Einstein's equations is $$S\sim\int R \sqrt{-g}\, {\rm d}^4 x$$ There is a class of modifications of Einstein's relativity called $f(R)$ theories of gravity ...
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Relation between Compton Wavelength and Bound States

In their paper, "A Theory of Dark Matter" (http://arxiv.org/pdf/0810.0713v3.pdf), the authors in a section argue that if there is a massive dark matter particle $\chi$ which interacts via a force ...
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Why are neutrinos ruled out as a major (or even sole) component of dark matter?

A number of times I have encountered in text-books and articles that neutrinos might contribute only a small fraction to dark matter. The reason has to do with the fact that if all of the dark matter ...
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What physical processes can convert dark matter into dark energy?

In this news article, it is mentioned that it could be the case that some physical processes convert dark matter into dark energy ...
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Could dark matter/dark energy turn out to be tachyonic?

Today, I was watching the Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson. He spoke about Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and then he spoke about Tachyons. Naively, I thought what if the reason we can't ...
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A Theory of Almost Everything? [closed]

Before I present this theory, I ask that you take the time to read this disclaimer. I do not claim to have an excellent knowledge of physics, it is actually rather limited. Therefore, I am not ...
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At what point do researchers in physics make the leap from wild theoretical ideas to physical experiments? [closed]

Dark Matter, on the surface, appears to be a wild idea... Some invisible thing that we can't see that controls the movement of most of the universe. Yet, we are searching for it. Why? What evidence ...
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Why can't dark matter be baryonic? [duplicate]

Here's what I know about dark matter: Astrophysicists realized the movements of galaxies and other astronomical bodies cannot be explained by the gravitational effects of matter known to be there, so ...
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How can we be Certain that Dark Matter Exists if we Cannot See it or Directly Detect It? [duplicate]

It seems very certain that dark matter exists and that it makes up 26.8% of the Universe today (along with 68.3% Dark Energy and 4.9% Atoms), but how can this be if we cannot see it or directly detect ...
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Dark matter and black hole [closed]

Is black hole a kind of dark matter.
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Is there a confirmation of dark matter signal?

Dark matter, as we know does not emit light, so confirmation of its presence is indirect. Are there any recent indirect confirmations of dark matter. A place one would look for in detecting dark ...
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Why is the rotation curve of a galaxy lower if measured with CO rather than H?

I have a simple question regarding galactic rotation curves. I know they are studied mostly using 21 cm emission of Hydrogen in the outer regions and with CO emissions in the inner regions, but why do ...
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Could the estimated stellar mass for the Milky Way galaxy include brown dwarfs?

Trying to find an estimate for the stellar mass of the MW galaxy, I found this paper and the estimated stellar mass is $~6.5 \times 10^{10} M_{\odot}$. I was also trying to understand the methods used ...
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How much of a galaxy's mass is in stars?

I have been trying to find an answer for this question for a while without a success, so I guess it might not have a specific answer. But to make things easier, let's take the Milky Way galaxy as an ...
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How can the Andromeda Galaxy alone have more mass than the Local Group?

I was reading about the Local Group, and it is stated that the total mass of the group is $1.29±0.14 × 10^{12}$ Solar masses. The number actually felt a bit low to me because I know the Milky Way ...
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Is there a binary black hole system in the middle of the galaxy?

We have observed gravity effects from black holes in the center of galaxies, but galactic centers are dusty so we can’t tell if it’s one black hole or two black holes in a binary system in there. A ...
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Why don't stars have Keplerian orbits?

In a comment to Rob Jeffries' answer to this question on spherical galaxies, Incnis Mrsi commented There should exist the entire range of orbits in a spherically symmetric system: near-circular, ...
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What is the correlation between dark matter and Einstein Rings?

I have once heard a TED Talk about Dark Matter, Einstein Rings and gravitation lenses. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/patricia-burchat-sheds-light-on-dark-matter I don't think I understood the talk well. ...
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Using GPS Satelites as dark matter detectors

Recently, two scientists have proposed a new way of detecting dark matter, using GPS Satellites. A part of the article is posted online: Hunting for topological dark matter with atomic clocks. Can ...
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What is the identity of Dark Matter?

What is the identity of dark matter? Is it a particle? Is it the lightest superpartner (LSP)? Do the phenomena attributed to dark matter point not to some form of matter but actually to an ...
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Does dark matter in the universe acts as a pulling force or a pushing force?

Scientists have claimed that in this world there are two kinds of forces which help in keeping everything in its place called dark matter and dark energy. But are these two forces act as a pulling ...
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What is phantom matter and how is it different from dark matter?

What is phantom matter and how is it different from dark matter? I have googled the term "Phantom Matter" and the results were mostly research papers which assume that the readers already know the ...
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What fraction of baryonic matter is in stars?

We know from big bang nucleosynthesis that baryonic matter accounts for about 5% of the universe's total mass-energy density. What is the current best estimate of how much of this is in the form of ...
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Did these scientists actually detect dark matter?

I came across an article in The Guardian (definitely not the best source for science, but that's why I'm asking this question) that said that a team of scientists may have detected dark matter ...
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What happens when Antimatter interacts with a photon?

So... I was just pondering the energy and particles in the universe. It makes sense that matter is attracted to it's self by a gravitational force - it clumps and forms some kind of gravity ...
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Spiral Galaxies and Gravity Lenses

Spiral Galaxies must have a great deal more mass than elliptical galaxies of the same size in order to account for the flat velocity curve. I've seen references of eight to ten times the visible ...
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Is there an alternative to dark matter?

I've been reading about dark matter. I understood that its existence is inferred by the discrepancy between the gravity exerted by a galaxy (total mass) and the movement of the stars that compose it. ...
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Invisible stars due to finite photons [duplicate]

When we study black body radiation, we often make calculations assuming a continuum of radiation with some amount of flux. In reality, there is a very very large number of photons being emit per unit ...