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    Universe is Expanding Up to 9% Faster Than We Thought, Say Scientists

    The universe is expanding faster than previously believed – a discovery that could test part of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, a pillar of cosmology that has withstood challenges for a century.

    Nasa and the European Space Agency jointly announced the universe is expanding 5% to 9% faster than predicted, a finding they reached after using the Hubble space telescope to measure the distance to stars in 19 galaxies beyond the Milky Way.

    The rate of expansion did not match predictions based on measurements of radiation left over from the Big Bang that gave rise to the known universe 13.8bn years ago.

    Physicist and lead author Adam Riess said: “You start at two ends, and you expect to meet in the middle if all of your drawings are right and your measurements are right.

    “But now the ends are not quite meeting in the middle and we want to know why.”

    The discovery also stirs hypotheses about what fills the 95% of the cosmos that emits no light and no radiation, scientists said on Thursday.

    One possibility for the discrepancy is that the universe has unknown subatomic particles, similar to neutrinos, that travel nearly as fast as the speed of light, about 186,000 miles (300,000km) per second.

    Another idea is that so-called “dark energy”, a mysterious, anti-gravity force discovered in 1998, may be shoving galaxies away from one another more powerfully than originally estimated.

    “This may be an important clue to understanding those parts of the universe that make up 95% of everything and that don’t emit light, such as dark energy, dark matter and dark radiation,” said Riess, with the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
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    Not only this but the universe seems to be expanding at an increasing rate. In other words, it is getting faster and faster.

    When someone raises Einstein the kneejerk reaction should always concern the energy involved. Newton described gravity, for instance. Einstein further described gravity but Einstein only described gravity by using gravity as his example. There was no energy explained. How do two bodies move together in space (gravity) without energy moving them?

    It is the same with the expanding universe. A Big Bang theory is fine but it will not explain an increasingly expanding universe---for that you need an additional energy input. Where do we get this energy if space is a void?

    Neutrinos, dark energy, yabba dabba doo, it is all just another very painful was of saying aether theory. And that is the only explanation.

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