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Saturday, 30 August 2008
How Much Matter Really Is Dark Matter?

From a news report: 

"Striking evidence has been found for the enigmatic "stuff" called dark matter which makes up 23% of the Universe, yet is invisible to our eyes.

The results come from astronomical observations of a titanic collision between two clusters of galaxies 5.7 billion light-years away.

Astronomers detected the dark matter because it separated from the normal matter during the cosmic smash-up.

The research team are to publish their findings in the Astrophysical Journal.

They used the Hubble and Chandra space telescopes to study the object MACSJ0025.4-1222 - formed after an incredibly energetic collision between two large galaxy clusters.

Each of these large clusters contains about a quadrillion times the mass of our Sun. "

I beg to differ. I believe that the enigmatic "stuff" called dark matter makes up not 23% of the Universe, but rather 21%.

I can't prove it -- yet. But I'm pretty sure.

Posted on 08/30/2008 10:00 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
30 Aug 2008
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[I'm feeling insignificant and transitory in the nasty, vasty deep; realizing that all of the missing socks of all the worlds wouldn't make up for the now unaccounted for two percent and that without revisions and decisions the following sucks like a black hole, but I have promises to keep and charts to dictate into the blotting pad of night. "How much matter is dark matter?" Does it matter or do I natter like a hatter?] 
Murderers of Numbers and Housman's Verse
What, still a lie at twenty-two,
And truth is one and twenty?
Did God say, "Twenty-three skiddoo;
Three score and ten is plenty"?
(hat tips to Hugh Kingsmill, Hugh Fitzgerald and the singular Humbert Wolfe)