Astronomy Space probes feel cosmic tug of bizarre forces

Discussion in 'Astronomy' started by Cinderloft, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. Cinderloft

    Cinderloft Premium Member,12243,1302857,00.html

    I have read about dark matter. Personally, I think it is a little from column a, and a little from column b. We do not know enough about dark matter to determine its importance/interaction in the laws of gravity, etc. Only a followup mission, which they propose, would possibly help in bettering that understanding.
  2. oddtodd

    oddtodd Premium Member

    here is a link to a recently launched satellite experiment trying to measure some of the unseen forces in space fabric .

    It is trying to measure any noticable "drag" due to the earths rotation and its possible warping affect of space .
    Hopefully they will record and analyze some kind of phenomena that will help us understand things a little bit better . Cool stuff !!
  3. amantine

    amantine Premium Member

    I recently read a article that explained that some violations of relativity that arise from quantum gravity can cause such mystery forces. Some quantum gravity theories allow for new tensor fields (and the special cases of tensor fields: scalar and vector fields) to be added. These can depend on direction, relative velocity, spin, etc. There are quite a few experiments going on to determine if such effects are real. However, until now no experiment has found such violations of relativity.

    Maybe the Pioneers' mystery force is such a relativity violation, but it can also just be a mechanical failure of the probes themselves.
  4. Cinderloft

    Cinderloft Premium Member

    Does the warping effect from space have anything to do with string theory or superstring theory?
  5. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    This article from NASA points out alot of information that may very well deal with the issues that are being faced. Maybe it is actually dark energy and not dark matter causing the problems. Only more in-depth research in this area will determine.
  6. oddtodd

    oddtodd Premium Member

    I think it's more the Theory of Relativity and the rubber membrane idea of space around a planet . If string theory is real , then everything we know would be included in it ...
  7. Cinderloft

    Cinderloft Premium Member

    But then wouldnt we be able to both prove superstring theory, as well as find out what the force is by equation manipulation? i.e. If everything we know is included in it, we take what we want to know and rework the equation. Unless it does not exactly work like that of course. I am new to the whole string-super string thing. Never been great at math, but it intrigues me nonetheless. Especially pi. I really believe that number holds a lot of secrets and abilities yet to be discovered.