Merging Neutron Stars Deliver Deathblow To Dark Matter And Dark Energy Alternatives (Synopsis)

“Dark matter is interesting. Basically, the Universe is heavier than it should be. There’s whole swathes of stuff we can’t account for.” -Talulah Riley One of the most puzzling facts about the Universe is that 95% of the energy in it, in the forms of dark matter and dark energy, are completely invisible, and have … Read more

5 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about the expanding Universe (Synopsis)

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” -Rachel Carson The idea that the spatial fabric of the Universe itself is expanding, and that’s what’s behind the observed relationship between redshift and distance has long been controversial, … Read more

A new explanation for dark energy: the matter in our Universe (Synopsis)

“For although it is certainly true that quantitative measurements are of great importance, it is a grave error to suppose that the whole of experimental physics can be brought under this heading.” -Hendrik Casimir Ever since we first discovered that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating, scientists have puzzles as to what’s causing it. … Read more

Is there really a cosmological constant? Or is dark energy changing with time? (Synopsis)

“If you’re puzzled by what dark energy is, you’re in good company.” -Saul Perlmutter We normally assume that the fundamental constants of the Universe are actually constant, but they don’t have to be that way. They could vary in space, in time, or with the energy density of the Universe, in principle. Before believing in … Read more

Ask Ethan: Does Dark Energy Mean We’re Losing Information About The Universe? (Synopsis)

“The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.” -Edwin Hubble As you look to greater and greater distances, you’re looking back in time in the Universe. But thanks to dark energy, what we can see and access today isn’t always going to be accessible. As galaxies grow more distant with the accelerated expansion … Read more

Cosmic superclusters, the Universe’s largest structures, don’t actually exist (Synopsis)

“It’s the gravity that shapes the large scale structure of the universe, even though it is the weakest of four categories of forces.” -Stephen Hawking Galaxies don’t just exist in isolation in our Universe, but are often found bound together as a part of even grander structures. Our own Milky Way is bound in a … Read more