April 02, 2008

From Charles F. Barth:

Re: Dark energy, or just dust? Findings raise questions (March 1, 2008): Intriguing discovery! Measurements of the red shift of distant galaxies may be influenced by these carbon fibers, possibly giving erroneous readings of recession speeds and distances. Dark Matter/Energy had been postulated as providing the force driving this apparent accelerating expansion. The current model of recession velocities being directly related to distance may require substantial revision. Our universe may not be expanding at increasing velocities and may not be as large as previously believed. Should this discovery be further substantiated, the dark matter “crutch” developed to explain anomalous gravitational effects within and between galaxies may be unnecessary, much in the same manner as was Einstein’s cosmological constant.

Dr. Charles F. Barth


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