Daily Archives: August 2nd, 2010

Dark Matter and the Sun

I’m not an astrophysicist or astronomer by any stretch of the imagination, but I found this post from Daily Galaxy rather intriguing:

Dark matter has become trapped at the center of the sun and is cooling down its core temperature according to a new study by Dr Stephen West from the Department of Physics at Royal , University of London.

“Dark matter makes up more than 80 per cent of the total mass of the universe. We know that dark matter exists, but to date it has never been produced in a laboratory or directly observed in any experiment, as a result we have very little information about what it actually is. It is important that we examine all possible ways of probing the nature of dark matter and the sun could provide us with an unexpected laboratory in which to do this,” says Dr West.

If this is the case, wouldn’t the Sun start ‘gaining’ mass over the next few millions of years, with the number of neutrons being detected incrementally decreasing?

I don’t know. I suppose the Electric Universe guys would have something to say about this, due to the fact they don’t think dark matter exists in the first place.

Any astrophysicists want to weigh in on this?

Also, read the comments to their post.

Could the Sun have a Core of Dark Matter?

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