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 Dark energy is not only terribly important for astronomy, it's the central problem for physics. It's been the bone in our throat for a long time.”

Steven Weinberg
Nobel Laureate
University of Texas at Austin

 

 

Video

A video introduction to dark energy, narrated by StarDate's Sandy Wood - Play video

Glossary

Vacuum energy

A possible explanation for dark energy. First proposed by Albert Einstein to bring his equations into balance with the then-observed universe, it proposes that space itself produces a form of energy, known as the cosmological constant, that causes the universe to accelerate faster as it ages. Current models show that the observed dark energy is far too weak to be accounted for by theories of the cosmological constant.

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Harold C. Simmons Dark Energy Optical System (mock-up)

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