Exploring the Possibility of Alternative Explanations for Dark Matter

In summary, the conversation discusses the theory of Dark Matter and how it is believed to be evenly spread out across the universe and only interacts with normal matter through gravitation. The question is raised as to why physicists create new particles instead of considering the possibility that their formulas for gravitation may be incorrect. The respondent mentions a theory called MOND, which suggests changing the formulas for gravity, but it has inconsistencies with observations. The distinction between dark matter and dark energy is also mentioned.
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I keep hearing about how this exotic Dark Matter is supposed to be evenly spread out across the universe... and that it doesn't interact with normal matter, only through gravitation, etc...

My question is, how is this the valid conclusion from the fact that our Gravitation formulas don't seem to work properly? Why do physicists make up particles instead of just considering the possibility that our formulas for gravitation outside our solar system may be wrong, or something like that? I mean... making up a whole new particle and claiming that it fills all space around us seems like the hard way to make the math come out.
 
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There is a theory (called MOND) which does exactly what you are suggesting (changing formulas for gravity). The problem with MOND seems to getting it to be consistent withh all observations about galactic motion, etc.
 
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I think you may be slightly confused between dark matter and dark energy. Dark Energy is the stuff that is proposed to be everywhere around us, spread out evenly, which is causing the acceleration of the expansion of the universe. Dark matter is allowed to clump, like normal matter.
 

Related to Exploring the Possibility of Alternative Explanations for Dark Matter

1. What is dark matter?

Dark matter is a hypothetical form of matter that is believed to make up approximately 85% of the total matter in the universe. It does not emit or absorb light, making it invisible to telescopes and other forms of electromagnetic radiation.

2. Why do we need alternative explanations for dark matter?

The existence of dark matter has been inferred through observations of gravitational effects on visible matter, but its exact nature and composition are still unknown. Alternative explanations allow scientists to explore other possibilities and gain a better understanding of the universe.

3. What are some possible alternative explanations for dark matter?

Some possible alternative explanations for dark matter include modified theories of gravity, primordial black holes, and undiscovered particles such as sterile neutrinos or axions.

4. How do scientists test these alternative explanations?

Scientists use a variety of methods to test alternative explanations for dark matter, including observations of the rotation curves of galaxies, gravitational lensing, and particle accelerator experiments. These methods help to narrow down the possibilities and determine which explanations are the most plausible.

5. Are there any current theories or evidence that support alternative explanations for dark matter?

Yes, there are several current theories and evidence that support alternative explanations for dark matter. For example, the Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND) theory proposes modified laws of gravity to explain the observed effects of dark matter. Additionally, the existence of primordial black holes has been suggested as a possible explanation for dark matter, and there is ongoing research to search for evidence of their existence.

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