Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Simple Explanation of Starless Galaxies

I have thought for some time that “empty” space is actually populated by a matrix of dark-energy vortices scattered throughout our universe. These dark energy vortices have weak gravitational fields that can attract ordinary interstellar material. Sometimes these vortices and their associated toroidal bubbles remain small and dark. Other times the dark-energy bubbles grow into gigantic proto-galaxies of weakly captured intergalactic dust which eventually form standard galaxies once the matter redistributes itself into stars and their satellites, in accordance with ordinary gravitational laws and fluid dynamics. 

The nearly starless galaxies referred to in the following article could be these very proto-galaxies observed during the process of formation. This observation is more evidence for my hypothesis.

Here is a reprint of an article published this week in Science News.
BARELY THERE  A faint galaxy, seen in the center of a Hubble Space Telescope image, is about the same size as the Milky Way but has relatively few stars. K. Cook et al., NASA, ESA
Nearly starless galaxies found in nearby cluster
New class of galaxy could lead to better understanding of dark matter
1:24pm, November 5, 2014

Not all galaxies are filled with stars. Astronomers have discovered a horde of nearly starless galaxies each about the size of the Milky Way. How they formed is a mystery, and they imply that there are more ways for a galaxy to evolve than previously imagined.
Pieter van Dokkum, an astronomer at Yale University, and colleagues stumbled across 47 galaxies that stopped forming stars long ago. The stars in each galaxy that remain— about 0.1 percent of the number in the Milky Way — are spread throughout a sphere roughly the size of a typical spiral galaxy. A stargazer living in one of these galaxies might see only a few stars at night, says van Dokkum. “You need something unusual to create a galaxy like this.”