posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:00 PM
The title of this article is tongue-in-cheek, please note.
I am posting in reference to predator0187's post
yesterday titled, ""There Was No
Big Bang" - We Live in a Universe that Endlessly Expands and Contracts (VIDEO)."
I am not trying to refute that post, nor am I qualified to do so. I just happened upon a different science article with a different take on similar
issues. I was going to post this article anyhow and in searching whether it had already been posted, I found predator0187's post and found it
interesting how they seem, to my little naive eye, to have opposing points of view. I'm not saying that the two conclusions are necessarily
inconsistent, though they appear to have some problems with each other.
This is just to present a perhaps alternate point of view and to humbly suggest that our scientists are not always in accord.
The article I'm referencing appeared on a sci-fi blog, summarizing a paper soon to be published in the weekly journal, Astronomy &
, but currently available at arXiv
Instead of contracting to a Big Crunch, the universe may actually keep on expanding forever at a faster and faster rate. Now astronomers believe they
have confirmed that this universal expansion is accelerating.
An international team of researchers used the Hubble Telescope to chart almost half a million galaxies and map out the spread of dark matter over the
history of the universe. Their results not only confirm Einstein's general relativity - which is always nice - but they also appear to prove the
existence of dark energy.
So, rather than eventually reaching a maximum expansion followed by contraction, the British Columbian team is supposing a perpetual expansion.
Though, it is interesting that the UNC team proposes a similar instance, but suggests the expansion becomes so enormous that matter breaks down,
thereby causing the contraction.
The British Columbian team, though, seems to suggest that because the expansion is accelerating, it could go on perpetually. I don't know what their
response is to the scenario of the UNC team ... when expansion is such that atoms disintegrate.
General relativity holds that the universe's structure is entirely determined by its matter, so if the universe is increasingly expanding there has
to be something out there that's causing the acceleration. Current theories argue for the existence of three main constituents of the universe -
normal matter, dark matter, and dark energy, the "unknown source of energy" to which Van Waerbeke refers. Although this is not the first study to
demonstrate that dark energy really is more than a theory, this is by far the most compelling proof yet that the universe's expansion is actually
Source: Hubble Telescope Confirms The Universe Is Getting