I started this project in 2006 and did not complete the final Chapter until 2012. I spent years adjusting and updating the book with news events or phenomena when they occurred on Earth or elsewhere in the Universe.
And yet, I was not finished.
In June 2014, while preparing the manuscript for printing, I received information so remarkable it deserved an honorary mention in my book.
In Chapter 17, “The Long-lasting Dream”, I wrote: “Compressed and condensed, Dark Matter could be made into a huge umbrella which would protect the Earth from being struck by meteor showers”. Based on my observations, calculations and my knowledge of physics, I suspected long ago that Dark Matter plays a very important role in maintaining, activating and protecting the Universe. It was a daring conclusion. I knew I was reaching for the stars or shooting for the moon, for a belief in the existence of Dark Matter was considered controversial at the time. I thought someday I would need to write another book presenting all the circumstantial evidence I found supporting my belief.
I never expected that Nature would provide any direct evidence to aid my case.
But it does. On May 23, 2014, the ScienceDaily, based on an analysis of data provided by the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, announced this Breaking News:
“Failed dwarf galaxy survives galactic collision thanks to full dark-matter jacket.” (... Like a bullet wrapped in a full metal jacket, a high-velocity hydrogen cloud hurtling toward the Milky Way appears to be encased in a shell of dark matter, according to a new analysis of data from the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Astronomers believe that without this protective shell, the high-velocity cloud (HVC) known as the Smith Cloud would have disintegrated long ago when it first collided with the disk of our Galaxy...)
Holy Smoke! So my dream of seeing this planet being covered with an umbrella made of Dark Matter, of being able to walk safely, or dance, or sing in the rain of… meteors, turned out to be way too modest. A wisp of cloud – the most fragile entity in the Universe, easily dispersed by the wind or deformed by even the force of breathing – wearing a dark-matter jacket can confront and survive the unimaginable destructive force of a Galaxy. And this Smith Cloud remains intact for millions of years! We all know that the earth is a lot more solid than the cloud.
It’s confession time for me. I am about to reveal my true identity.
I’m not a scientist, just a humble poet who has been traveling the Universe seeking inspiration and answers to his zillions of questions.
As a result, whereas bona-fide physicists are taken aback and plagued by this inexplicable phenomenon, I'm merely amused, moved and very grateful to witness the All-Encompassing Creator (or the “Coincidence” as Stephen Hawking prefers to call Him) post-ited a poem on the lenses of the humankind’s Telescope.
This poem is as beautiful as a cloud that has been in existence since the beginning of Time. It glorifies a modest, extremely delicate, colorful cloud wearing a God-given black Jacket, traveling freely and safely inside a Galaxy between stars, planets, meteors ….
The beautiful poem is also an implicit missive from the Universe-maker:
“At the beginning of Time – long before the existence of thy planet and of the living creatures on it – when creating the Universe, I filled it up with an inexhaustible source of energy, lest one day the place thou live on dry up without a last lump of coal or a last drop of oil; and the Sun also cools off.
The jacket that protects the Earth and the inexhaustible source of energy is Dark Matter. By using it, thou shall prolong lives and extend the existence of mankind and the Earth to infinity. Stop killing each other and destroying thy dwellings, and thou and those who come after thee shall live happily ever after.”
Dear readers, please forgive me. I can’t resist the temptation to use this poem as the happy ending to this small book.
(Small People’s Revolt –Epilogue)