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An exhaustive study of nearly half a million deformed galaxies observed by the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed definitive proof of the acceleration of our universe's expansion.
A team of astronomers took a close look at more than 446,000 galaxies observed by Hubble in 557 overlapping photographs — making it the largest survey ever performed by the iconic space telescope. The observations, taken from Hubble's COSMOS study, are the latest confirmation of what scientists have long thought, that a mysterious force called dark energy is driving the universe to not just expand, but to expand at an ever-faster pace.