posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 01:39 AM
From yours truely (i.e. me) comes a theory I have had for awhile, yet have not felt inclined to put forward. However, as I am now a member of ATS, I
think this forum would be somehow appropriate for this amatuer theory.
First, the problem: The Universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.
Why is this a problem? Because it's defying science as we know it. If the Universe started with a Big Bang (which all evidence points to), then as
the universe expands, the mass within it would cause a slowing down effect to its expansion. The main question was whether the universal expansion
would slow down to such a point that it would then stop, and then proceed to reverse (leading to the "Big Crunch").
But for the universe to be accelerating in its expansion would mean that there has to be some kind of energy or force that's pushing it to expand
faster. This force may only work on truely cosmic scales - like a sort gravitational opposite. While gravity may become stronger, pulling things
towards the centre of mass, the closer you get to more massive objects - this a-gravity would become more powerful the further you get from massive
objects, and would push things away from them.
This is, as you can imagine, terribly confusing.
However, I believe that this is NOT a cosmic force that we have not discovered yet. I believe that this is an understated, but on a cosmic scale,
important part of an existing force which effect's were overlooked because they were never thought of that way. I am speaking about side-effects of
According to General Relativity, the closer you get to something of mass, the slower time will seem to progress for you. This has been proved by a few
experiments with extremely precise clocks put on space shuttles. The clocks were set to the exact same time whilst on earth, and then the shuttle
spent a few days at the Space Station (ISS). When the shuttle returned, the clock on the shuttle was head by a few millionths of a second.
Thus, instead of saying time slows as we get closer to an object, let us take the opposite of this that we assume to be true. As you get further away
from an object of mass, time will seem to progress faster.
Next, I move on to deep-space images and universal models (the picture in the thread "mapping Dark Matter" is accurate enough for my purposes). You
will notice that at these massive distances, the galaxies seem to form into whispy strings, or webs. I ask you know to percieve this 3-dimensionally
instead of two. Now, instead of focusing on the areas where galaxies are present, focus on where galaxies are void - where there is absolutely massive
pockets where there is almost no mass. Notice how you could almost descibe these pockets as "bubbles".
If you think about it, the centres of these "bubbles" are at massively far distances from any object of mass. They are approaching as close to
"real time" as one can get. In short, time in the space at the centre of these bubbles is progressing faster than anywhere else in the universe. Now
remember that as the universe expands, that space itself is expanding. Thus, since time is sped up within these bubbles, it would appear as if they
are expanding and growing faster than the space around them (where the galaxies and matter is present).
As the area included within the bubble increases, the time dialations continue to increase (as the centres are becoming further and further removed
from sources of gravity) - and thus, the expansion of the bubble is sped up even more. This would be called an acceleration.
So, as you can see, the accelerating universal expansion puzzel is therefore seemingly solved. It is not some strange "Vacuum Pressure" or "Vacuum
Energy" (which is a ridiculous notion) - but is rather an overlooked side-effect of general relativity.
I would challenge someone who is in physics to actually work out the math behind this and see that I am correct.