Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Dark Matter Rap

There's something funky in the universe: dark matter, that is. And now you can learn about its history with some new beats and rhymes. Michael Wilson, AKA Coma Niddy, has been making science music videos for awhile now, and he sent me his latest dark matter rap this weekend.

The rap hasn't reached Snoop Lion status yet, but it could become the next Large Hadron Rap (created by former Physics Central team member Kate Mcalpine). As far as I can tell, the science in the lyrics is quite accurate, and Niddy's ability to condense such a complex topic into a rap is commendable. The song's catchy to boot.

You can watch the video below, and I've re-posted the science-y lyrics from Coma Niddy's Youtube page as well.



Here are the lyrics, courtesy of Wilson's Youtube page:

[Verse 1]
Look up in the sky, there's the moon you see
There's some stars, there goes mars, Pluto RIP
Those are just a few of the things in our galaxy
All of its held together by gravity
But what if gravity wasn't strong enough?
Everything in the universe is held by some other stuff
Some other stuff you can not see with the naked eye
Some other stuff that doesn't shine when hit with light
It seems that we have ourselves another mystery
So let's travel back in time to 1933
Fritz Zwicky observed the Coma Clusters
Which would lead to an astronomy adjuster
He was measuring those galaxy's mass
Based on the observed mass they were moving way too fast
There had to be something else to causing such speeds
Apparently we have missing matter missing from all the galaxies

[Hook x2]
What if I said there's something funky with the universe?
For all the time that humans beings roamed the planet earth
There was something we couldn't feel and couldn't see
Oblivious to Dark Matter in our galaxy

[Verse 2]
The Center of our solar system is the sun
The closer that you get it, the stronger gravity becomes
Close planets revolve fast, far planets slow
It's the gravity to distance to speed ratio
So if the Coma Clusters were moving too rapidly
Perhaps something invisible added to its gravity
Decades later, after further observations
Dark Matter became the name of the situation
What is Dark Matter? No one knows for sure
An accurate description remains unsecured
Search for answers activated, Simple yet complicated
Constantly investigated, Mysteries generated
Matter or is a Particle? Guesses hypothetical
Research problematical And Others very skeptical
For now that's how the story goes
It's is a known unknown
A thing we know but just don't know!

[Hook x2]
What if I said there's something funky with the universe?
For all the time that humans beings roamed the planet earth
There was something we couldn't feel and couldn't see
Oblivious to Dark Matter in our galaxy

[Verse 3]
There's lots of concern with the Dark Matter Case
As it may be 80% of the stuff in space
Holding the stars together like cosmic paste
Scientists are in a rush for proof, Space race.
Lets talk about some of the theories that have generated
Dark Matter may be how our universe originated
Following the big bang the universe stuff formed after
And it may have come together with the help of Dark Matter
String theory mentions dimensional planes
Stacked on top each other like some video games
There's universes above us and we cannot see them
Dark Matter may be the gravity that's in between them
So if you're on a quest for the Dark Matter reward
You'll have to explore 11 dimensions or even more
Now I understand if that is hard to believe
It's like I'm saying we're in a sandwich with invisible cheese

[Hook x2]
What if I said there's something funky with the universe?
For all the time that humans beings roamed the planet earth
There was something we couldn't feel and couldn't see
Oblivious to Dark Matter in our galaxy

And for another great example of science music videos, check out the Large Hadron Rap:



You can learn more about Coma Niddy's music (including his String Theory and nanotechnology songs), on his Soundcloud page or Youtube channel.

3 comments:

  1. Fun, but no mention of Vera Rubin? bummer.

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  2. There is so much on the Dark Matter subject that I couldn't fit it into one song. However, I plan to mention Vera Rubin in some future content that I'm working on. Thanks for watching =)

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  3. This video is AMAZING! I was researching dark matter and found that a lot of the articles were rather dull and complicated, but when I watched this vid- explaining dark matter with this addictive beat, the topic made way more sense...I am totally memorizing the lyrics to show off to my friends!!
    Way to go Coma Niddy!

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