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Mirror MatterPosted Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at 6:34 PM
Two scientists from the University of Melbourne have announced they may have found evidence of a parallel universe of strange matter within our own solar system. Dr. Robert Foot and Dr. Saibal Mitra have coined their discovery "mirror matter."
In October 2000, the Near-Shoemaker spacecraft touched down on the Eros asteroid, a mere 8 miles by 8 miles by 20 miles in dimension.
This was the first time a space probe has landed on an asteroid.
Observations indicate that small objects containing mirror matter could have struck the asteroid and created many strange features, such as a puzzling lack of small craters within large, flat-bottomed craters filled with a peculiar bluish dust. According to the theory advanced by Dr. Foot and Dr. Mitra, these odd surface features were created when small objects containing mirror matter struck the asteroid.
Unlike antimatter, which when mixed with normal matter would lead to the annihilation of both, mirror matter is somehow a "reflection" of normal matter.
In other words, it's a sort of parallel series of particles required to restore the balance of the Universe.
And if ever a Universe needed balancing, it's ours.
Laws of nature show a high degree of symmetry, except that some laws are not the same when reflected in a hypothetical mirror. Apparently, elementary particles display a preference for left over right.
Thus, the Universe can be said to be left-handed.
Believe it or not, five of the last seven Presidents of the USA were left-handed -- Ford, Reagan, papa Bush, Clinton and Obama. Plus, polar bears and a disproportionately high number of writers, painters and Nobel Prize winners are also left-handed. But that's another story for another time.
Many physicists believe that in the initial moments of the Big Bang everything was perfectly symmetrical and when the cosmos eventually cooled down a difference emerged between left and right.
Dr. Foot and Dr. Mitra believe mirror matter would have been made in abundance in the Big Bang and is all around us but we can't see it because mirror matter produces it's own light and only interacts with our matter via gravity.
They further speculate that the so-called unseen "dark matter" of the Universe could actually be mirror matter.
As further proof of their hypothesis, Dr Foot and Dr. Mitra cite the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 deep space probes launched in 1972. Both probes are going in opposite directions and are being slowed down by a tiny, unexplained force. Dr. Foot and Dr. Mitra contend that mirror matter would explain this phenomenon.
Our solar system is indeed occupied by various forms of strange matter. Some that come to mind are:
1) My ex-wife
2) Michael Jackson
4) Guys named Bubba
5) The U.S. Congress
6) Anything with more than four legs
7) Iacobucci art
8) Foo Fighters
9) Driving on parkways, parking on driveways
Quote for the Day -- "Mankind is continually attempting to produce more idiot-proof gadgets, while the Universe is continually producing more idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." Bret
Bret Burquest lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and an original Iacobucci painting. His blogs appear on several websites, including www.myspace.com/bret1111
Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.