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Missing matter found in deep space
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/08 | Maggie Fox

Posted on 05/20/2008 3:17:25 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Astronomers have found some matter that had been missing in deep space and say it is strung along web-like filaments that form the backbone of the universe.

The ethereal strands of hydrogen and oxygen atoms could account for up to half the matter that scientists knew must be there but simply could not see, the researchers reported on Tuesday.

Scientists have long known there is far more matter in the universe than can be accounted for by visible galaxies and stars. Not only is there invisible baryonic matter -- the protons and neutrons that make up atoms -- but there also is an even larger amount of invisible "dark" matter.

Now about half of the missing baryonic matter has turned up, seen by the orbiting Hubble space telescope and NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, or FUSE.

"We think we are seeing the strands of a web-like structure that forms the backbone of the universe," said Mike Shull of the University of Colorado, who helped lead the study published in The Astrophysical Journal.

The matter is spread as superheated oxygen and hydrogen in what looked like vast empty spaces between galaxies.

However, observations of a quasar -- a bright object far off in space -- show its light is diffused much as a lighthouse can reflect on a thin fog that was invisible in the dark.

"It is kind of like a spider web. The gravity of the spider web is what produced what we see," Shull said in a telephone interview. "It's very thin. Some of it is very hot gas, almost a million degrees."

This is where the dark matter comes in. The dark matter is heating up the gas, Shull said.

"Dark matter has gravity. It pulls the gas in," Shull said. "This causes what I call sonic booms -- shock waves. This shock heats it to a million degrees. That makes it even harder to see."

The atoms of oxygen are in a stripped-down, ionized form. Five of the eight electrons are gone. It emits an ultraviolet spectrum of light that instruments aboard FUSE and Hubble can spot, Shull said.

These web-like filaments of matter are the structure upon which the galaxies form, he said.

"So when we look at the distribution of galaxies on a very large scale, we see they are not uniform," Shull said. "They spread out in sheets and filaments."

Some faint dwarf galaxies or wisps of matter in these structures could be forming galaxies right now, the researchers said.

Shull and colleagues said these webs of hydrogen and oxygen are too hot to be seen in visible light and too cool to be seen in X-rays.


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KEYWORDS: deepspace; found; fuse; hubble; matter; missing; stringtheory
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1 posted on 05/20/2008 3:17:26 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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This illustration shows how the Hubble Space Telescope searches for missing baryons or normal matter, by looking at the light from quasars several billion light-years away. In an extensive search of the local universe, astronomers say they have definitively found about half of the missing normal matter, called baryons, in the spaces between the galaxies. (NASA/ESA/A. Feild - STScI/Handout/Reuters)


2 posted on 05/20/2008 3:18:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

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3 posted on 05/20/2008 3:18:48 PM PDT by KoRn (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: KoRn

***WAY OVER HEAD ALERT***


4 posted on 05/20/2008 3:20:45 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: NormsRevenge
"...This shock heats it to a million degrees. That makes it even harder to see."

We need to educate the public--kids could touch it and get a nasty burn! Quick--give me a grant!

5 posted on 05/20/2008 3:22:44 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I should put these guys to work trying to find the missing socks from my laundry.


6 posted on 05/20/2008 3:25:26 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (The road to hell is paved with the stones of pragmatism.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

“Missing Matter In Deep Space”

Could it be Liberal brain cells that are missing at birth??


7 posted on 05/20/2008 3:26:52 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: NormsRevenge
Astronomers have found some matter that had been missing in deep space and say it is strung along web-like filaments

Those pesky Tholians are at it again!

8 posted on 05/20/2008 3:28:41 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: NormsRevenge
Probably looks a lot like this up close...


9 posted on 05/20/2008 3:31:24 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

More likely old phone books.


10 posted on 05/20/2008 3:38:26 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: NormsRevenge

GOP backbone?


11 posted on 05/20/2008 3:39:50 PM PDT by ConservativeMajority (If war isn't the answer, you're asking the wrong question.)
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To: NormsRevenge

So it just “shows up” just after the statute of limitations expires?


12 posted on 05/20/2008 3:42:38 PM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: samadams2000

“***WAY OVER HEAD ALERT***”

If they found it then it’s no longer “missing”. Will astronomers have to give it a new name?


13 posted on 05/20/2008 3:42:57 PM PDT by Towed_Jumper (Stephen Hopkins: Founding Father who had Cerebral Palsy.."My hand trembles, my heart does not.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Big Wow from one freeper !


It just so happens I built the rocket harness and avionics guidance boards for that particular research "sounder" rocket for CASA (Colorado Astrophysics Space Administration).
I was present when they installed the FUSE camera system and mirrors and when they put in the companion (toy soldier) in the nose section for good luck. It was strapped in with tie wraps and the weight distribution had to not unballance the payload.
14 posted on 05/20/2008 3:47:43 PM PDT by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gulch.)
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To: samadams2000

I know how you feel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHI-foSNccA


15 posted on 05/20/2008 3:49:31 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: ElkGroveDan

“...the missing socks from my laundry...”

My first thought exactly.


16 posted on 05/20/2008 3:55:29 PM PDT by beelzepug ("That a-hole Bill Maher stole my tagline!")
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To: NormsRevenge

They also found billions of missing socks.


17 posted on 05/20/2008 3:56:54 PM PDT by SampleMan (We are a free and industrious people, socialist nannies do not become us.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Darn it, you beat me to it.


18 posted on 05/20/2008 3:57:42 PM PDT by SampleMan (We are a free and industrious people, socialist nannies do not become us.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Follow up.

For those who want a little history on the fuse project.....

A couple of years earlier one of the people alligning the scope and camera system happen to set it on a spot that gave them a broad heave spectrum which they could not explain. Normally if you aim at any section of space you will see peaks and valleys but this was maxed out and completele (and I do mean completely) across the entire spectrum.

He noted the location in space and when back to research why THAT spot alone would give such a spectrum signature. Somewhere along the line he (I don't know who "he" was)found out that others were looking for just such a signauture so the rocket was born.

I beleive this one was launched from Womera Austrailia. I know that 1 of the 2 rockets that I worked on was launched from there and the other from White Sands.

19 posted on 05/20/2008 3:57:56 PM PDT by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gulch.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wonder if is my underwear and socks?


20 posted on 05/20/2008 3:58:49 PM PDT by devane617 (We're Screwed)
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To: ElkGroveDan

21 posted on 05/20/2008 4:02:44 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: NormsRevenge
"astronomers say they have definitively found about half of the missing normal matter"

Dibs.

NO TRESPASSING


22 posted on 05/20/2008 4:03:08 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: jongaltsr

My hat is off to you Sir.


23 posted on 05/20/2008 4:05:09 PM PDT by allmendream (Life begins at the moment of contraception. ;))
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To: NormsRevenge

24 posted on 05/20/2008 4:09:56 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Thank God for every morning.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey, now that we’re finding all of this missing matter, could I please have some of it back? I know that I keep losing things, I just didn’t know where to find them.....


25 posted on 05/20/2008 4:11:30 PM PDT by Enchante (Barack Chamberlain: My 1930s Appeasement Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Socialist Policies!)
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26 posted on 05/20/2008 4:14:11 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: NormsRevenge
could account for up to half the matter that scientists knew must be there but simply could not see

Believing in something they cannot see ... Superstitious Neanderthals.

;)

27 posted on 05/20/2008 4:20:25 PM PDT by AHerald ("Be faithful to God ... do not bother about the ridicule of the foolish." - St. Pio of Pietrelcina)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Dontcha know, those end up in black holes! But if I understand black holes (which I do not) they will get stretched really thing and then compacted really compact and so, you probably couldn’t wear them, even if you found them again.
susie


28 posted on 05/20/2008 4:20:39 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: NormsRevenge
Astronomers have found some matter that had been missing in deep space

The collective intelligence of the Congress I'll wager./sarc

29 posted on 05/20/2008 4:22:04 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: jongaltsr

Cool. Some of the smartest people in the world are Freepers!
Thankfully it is not a requirement, because I like it that I can be here too!
:)

susie


30 posted on 05/20/2008 4:22:27 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: NormsRevenge

I was wondering were I left that stuff.....


31 posted on 05/20/2008 4:30:15 PM PDT by pipecorp ( Al Lahsucks (boat steersman ) hell)
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To: samadams2000

Way over my head too! (grin)


32 posted on 05/20/2008 4:53:54 PM PDT by CalifChris
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To: NormsRevenge

I knew where it was the whole time.


33 posted on 05/20/2008 4:55:48 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wonder if this helps explain the problem of our own gravity being ultra-lite.


34 posted on 05/20/2008 5:01:50 PM PDT by xmission (Democrats have killed our Soldiers by rewarding the enemy for brutality)
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To: jongaltsr
We envy you because you get to work with the most COOL toys...
Keep up the good work.
Let us know when you build a spaceship that can do over the speed of light, we want a ride in that.
35 posted on 05/20/2008 5:03:35 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Dark matter has gravity. It pulls the gas in," Shull said. "This causes what I call sonic booms -- shock waves. This shock heats it to a million degrees. That makes it even harder to see."

So now we know the true culprit for global warming.

Paging Dr. Gore!
36 posted on 05/20/2008 5:03:39 PM PDT by adorno
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To: xmission
I was watching one of those cable channels like the HISTORY channel, and it was about the year 2012 and the MAYANS calender says that our solar system with aline with the dead center our galaxy.
Does any one have more infro on this ?

37 posted on 05/20/2008 5:10:19 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: ConservativeMajority

We knew it was somewhere faraway.


38 posted on 05/20/2008 5:13:00 PM PDT by mcshot (Bitterly Loving God, Family, and Guns more then ever. And greatly missing President Reagan)
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To: NormsRevenge
“Missing Matter In Deep Space”

Finally, the dumping ground for deleted emails has been discovered.......They'd best leave it alone

39 posted on 05/20/2008 5:16:53 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Three words that make me want to barf: Clinton, Obama, McCain...........;)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

“Does any one have more infro on this ?”

Ruh-Roh, Rorge. I ron’t row.

: )


40 posted on 05/20/2008 5:19:04 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (I reserve the right to misinterpret the comments of any and all pesters)
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s probably the grey matter that went missing from my brain after I had my kids. I wonder if it will go in the lost and found for reclaiming.


41 posted on 05/20/2008 5:30:40 PM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Red Badger

Piece of Missing Cosmic Matter Found
Space.com on Yahoo | 5/12/08 | Andrea Thompson
Posted on 05/12/2008 7:05:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2015060/posts

Big Chunk Of The Universe Is Missing — Again
www.sciencedaily.com | 11/05/2007 | University Of Alabama In Huntsville
Posted on 11/05/2007 11:18:05 AM PST by Red Badger
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1921258/posts

Flipping particle could explain missing antimatter
New Scientist | 18 March 2008 | Valerie Jamieson
Posted on 03/18/2008 10:21:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1987983/posts


42 posted on 05/20/2008 10:36:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______________________Profile updated Monday, April 28, 2008)
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To: KoRn; AdmSmith; bvw; callisto; ckilmer; dandelion; ganeshpuri89; gobucks; KevinDavis; ...
Thanks KoRn.

43 posted on 05/20/2008 10:37:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______________________Profile updated Monday, April 28, 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge; jongaltsr
The matter is spread as superheated oxygen and hydrogen in what looked like vast empty spaces between galaxies.
I can understand all the hydrogen... hydrogen is what was produced in the big bang.

But why such an abundance of oxygen over helium, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon and nitrogen?

What happened to all the helium, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon and nitrogen?

Why are they missing?

44 posted on 05/21/2008 3:45:26 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: NYTexan
Astronomers have found some matter that had been missing in deep space and say it is strung along web-like filaments


45 posted on 05/21/2008 8:25:29 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (I reserve the right to misinterpret the comments of any and all pesters)
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To: samtheman
What happened to all the helium, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon and nitrogen? Why are they missing?
You have to totally understand quantum theory - and I don't. That is something only a real egghead could understand. Even when they try to explain why, all you and I could ever do is just look at them with a blank look on our face and nod our head as if we knew what they were talking about.
46 posted on 05/21/2008 8:27:51 AM PDT by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gulch.)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

Working on one that exceeds the speed of light many times over. It accelerates the molecular vibration of all particals such that it enters the 11th dimension so that space would curve in on itself and allow you to effectively travel 100’s of times faster than the speed of light with a normal nuke ion engine.

Just kidding......


47 posted on 05/21/2008 8:32:41 AM PDT by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gulch.)
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To: AHerald
could account for up to half the matter that scientists knew must be there but simply could not see

Believing in something they cannot see ... Superstitious Neanderthals.


Does this EXPLAIN "Dark Matter" or mess up that theory?

Now, back to waiting for our scientific community to realize that "Junk" DNA really does have a purpose.
48 posted on 05/21/2008 8:34:59 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: NormsRevenge
This shock heats it to a million degrees.

Universal warming?

49 posted on 05/21/2008 8:42:50 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: NormsRevenge

50 posted on 05/21/2008 8:49:50 AM PDT by jetson
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