Last week, I wrote about how some evolutionary cosmologists are starting to doubt the existence of the elusive Dark Matter (Evolutionary Cosmologists Starting to Doubt Existence of Dark Matter).  Now another group of scientists are looking for satellite galaxies to our own Milky Way galaxy that no one can see but are suppose to weigh the equivalent of billions of our Sun.

Most observed spiral galaxies including our own Milky Way galaxy have smaller satellite spiral galaxies that hover just outside their own curling arms like the one shown in Figure 1.  However, current evolutionary theory predicts that there should be more satellite galaxies than have been observed.  According to Dr. Chakrabarti from the University of California, Berkley, One of the current outstanding problems in cosmology is there’s this missing satellites problem.  She goes on to say that they prevailing theory on dark matter, is very successful at recovering the large-scale distribution of galaxies, but when you look on sub-galactic scales, it far overpredicts the number of dwarf galaxies relative to what we actually observe.

Rather than admit that their evolutionary paradigm is fatally flawed, they claim that these missing satellite galaxies must be composed primarily of dark matter.  Depending on which evolutionary report you read, evolutionists believe that dark matter comprises from 35% to 85% of the unaccountable matter in the universe.  You can’t see it and light doesn’t interact with it, but they claim they know dark matter has to be there because it appears to have gravitational effects on matter that can be seen. 

So how do you look for something you can’t see but has billions of suns?  Dr. Chakrabarti’s group of scientists believe that they might be able to detect the dark matter satellite galaxies by looking for their wakes in the hydrogen clouds that exist around the edges of the Milky Way.  Just like a boat leaves a wake in the water, they believe the missing galaxies leave a disturbance behind them and that they may be able to detect these disturbances by using radio telescopes. 

This method has been tested on satellite galaxies that can be seen and have recordable mass and do interact with light, so they believe that the same method of detection will work with those that you cannot see, do not interact with light and have no recordable mass.  To put it in another light, if a real boat that can be seen has mass and displaces water and leaves a wake behind it, then shouldn’t a boat that you can’t see, has no mass also leave a wake? 

Admittedly, I am not a physicist or astronomer, but it sounds to me like they are chasing ghosts in outer space, looking for things that may not really be there.  Perhaps they are looking in the wrong direction for these galaxies that should be there but aren’t.  When I read articles like this one, there are several Scripture verses that come to mind;

  • Job 38:31-33: Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?  Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children?  Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?  Can you establish their rule on the earth?
  • Psalm 19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
  • Psalm 104:5: He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.
  • Hebrews 1:3: He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.


Hebrews 1:3 makes it clear that Jesus Christ is upholding the entire universe by the power of His Word.  It was His Word that created the earth, heavens, sun, moon and stars in Genesis 1.  Not only did Christ create the entire universe by His Word, but He continues to uphold and sustain all of creation, including the universe, stars, galaxies, etc., by the POWER of His Word.  Just maybe, that is the power that astronomers have been searching for.  After all, they haven’t been able to find any direct evidence for any other source of power or gravitational force and they openly admit that although it is missing, it must be there.  These astronomers need to look to God’s Word for their answers instead of spending so much time and money trying to find galaxies that aren’t really there.


Palmer, Jason, Milky Way’s dark-matter satellite in stargazers’ sights, BBC News, Jan. 14, 2011.

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