Dark Matter and Space Plasma

  1. Does space plasma explain dark matter? I have read about how Voyager 1 showed that there was different density in between our solar system and other galaxies. Doesn't the existence of space plasma then explain that the matter we cannot see is in fact space plasma? I really feel as though I am struggling on these concepts and need some further explanation. Irregardless of the answer to that question, do they have anything to do with each other?
     
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  3. Chronos

    Chronos 9,932
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    What is 'space plasma'? The Pioneer 'anomaly' has been explained as heat recoil from the onboard power source.
     
  4. I guess its also known as astrophysical plasma?
     
  5. Chronos

    Chronos 9,932
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    I guess 'it' is not yet known to science.
     
  6. Drakkith

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    Are you referring to the interstellar and intergalactic medium? I guess you could call it a plasma.

    From here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstellar_medium
    If that's what you mean, then no. It does not explain dark matter. There isn't nearly enough of it.
     
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