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X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCDavis/W.Dawson et al;
Optical: NASA/STScI/UCDavis/W.Dawson et al.
Over years of researching cosmology and astrophysics, I have argued that ‘dark matter’ is a sort of ‘god of the gaps’, the ‘unknown god’. It is proposed mainly to rescue the standard big bang model from problems when a mismatch is found between the theory and some observations. However, secular cosmogonists (scientists who study the beginning of the universe) usually believe the big bang worldview to be correct as well as all its associated astrophysics. So they must postulate something invisible to explain the discrepancy. This ‘something’ is ‘dark matter’, a hypothetical substance that emits no light or radiation, so cannot be seen.To read the rest, click on "Is ‘dark matter’ the unknown god?" Also, I recommend "Is Dark Matter Going the Way of Phlogiston?"
Several years ago, astronomers claimed that they now had direct empirical proof of the existence of ‘dark matter’. This was dutifully repeated in the popular media. It was claimed that this demolishes the criticisms of ‘dark matter skeptics’.