Making Science that Really Explain Things

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Current scientific discourse if full of mysterious and obscure concepts such as: dark energy, dark matter and inflaton fields.
To be sure each term was invented for a good reason such as explaining galactic acceleration, the galaxy rotation curve or the
homogeneity of the cosmic microwave background. Dark energy is the most accepted hypothesis to explain the observations
indicating that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. The accelerated expansion was discovered in 1998, by two
independent projects, the Supernova Cosmology Project and the High-Z Supernova Search Team, which both used distant
type Ia supernovae as standard candles to measure the acceleration. The discovery was unexpected, cosmologists at the time
expecting that the expansion would be decelerating due to the gravitational attraction of the matter in the universe. Three
members of these two groups have subsequently been awarded Nobel Prizes for their discovery. Confirmatory evidence has
been found in baryon acoustic oscillations and in analyses of the clustering of galaxies. Assuming that the standard model of
cosmology is correct, the best current measurements indicate that the conjectured dark energy contributes 68.3% of the total
energy in the present-day observable universe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
JournalJournal of Physics & Astronomy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 25 Aug 2017


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