Name: Alex W.
Date: 1999 - 2000
I've read that Physicists have calculated that all the known mass in the
Universe is quite less that in should be, considering the Big Bang and how
much mass should have been created. Thus, they assume there is "Dark
Matter." I had a thought, last night, about Photons. Photons have mass,
however miniscule, or so I am told. If you consider the mass of all the
photons, traveling from every star and luminous body in the heavens in
every conceivable direction, does this eleminate the need to imagine Dark
Matter, or had They already considered that?
Photons do not have mass. They have momentum, but not mass. This is
confusing from a classical mechanical view because we say momentum (p) =
mass(m) x velocity(v). But that is a classical concept, and photons are
described by quantum mechanics, in which this separation of mass and
velocity cannot be made. The "Dark Matter" has to come from something else
that is unknown at this time. But your suggestion is by no means silly or
improper; it is a valid question, but the answer does not hold up when the
correct quantitative mathematical theory is applied.
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