“Powering the Universe?” –Relic Light of the Big Bang Reveals an Exotic Unknown Force 

 

Dark Energy

 

Cosmologists speculate based on hints of twisted light that offer clues to an exotic substance called “quintessence”that could be the  unknown force accelerating the expansion of the universe, with implications not only for cosmology, but also for fundamental physics — the standard model of particle physics does not predict its existence.  This hypothetical form of dark energy –a relative of the Higgs Field that permeates the cosmos– could be an exotic unknown form of dark energy distinct  from any form of or normal matter, radiation, or even dark matter. 

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“A New Dark Force?”

"A New Dark Force?"

 

Everything we know about the universe and all the laws of physics, apply to four percent of the universe. The other 96 percent are the unknown phenomena of dark matter and dark energy. “If we account for all the matter and energy that we’re familiar with,” says Neil deGrasse Tyson, “and measure up how much gravity it should have, it’s one-sixth of the gravity that’s actually operating on the universe. We call that dark matter. It really should be called dark gravity. and we don’t know what that is.”

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“Dark Energy Originates from a Vast Sea of Objects Spread Throughout Cosmic Voids”

"Dark Energy Originates from a Vast Sea of Objects Spread Throughout Cosmic Voids"

 

Scientists suggest that a counter-intuitive, hypothetical species of black holes may negate the standard model of cosmology,where dark energy is an inherent and constant property of spacetime that will result in an eventual cold death of the universe. “It’s the big elephant in the room,” says Claudia de Rham, a theoretical physicist at Imperial College London about dark energy, the mysterious, elusive phenomena that pushes the cosmos to expand so rapidly and which is estimated to account for 70% of the contents of the universe. “It’s very frustrating.”

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“The Cosmic Genome” –New 3-D ‘History’ of the Universe Reveals Troublesome Cracks

SDSS Map of Galaxies

 

It’s been said that maps codify the miracle of existence. Often referred to as the “cosmic genome” project, the new Sloan Digital Sky Survey is the largest three-dimensional map of the universe ever created, filling in the most significant gaps in its history.

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Beyond the Cosmos –“Worlds Utterly Unlike Anything We Can Imagine”

The Multiverse

 

The universe we see –stars, moons, planets, galaxies– is but a small, accidental tip of an infinite cosmic iceberg. During the epoch of inflation, thought to have been triggered by the phase transition that marked the end of the grand unification at approximately 10−36 seconds after the Big Bang, the accelerating expansion of space was far more dramatic than in today’s universe, expanding at an absolutely staggering rate, tearing space asunder. During this period no objects—even two elementary particles—remained close enough to one another for long enough to interact.

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“The Unseen” –Our Extreme Universe Through Alien, X-Ray Eyes

"The Unseen" --Extreme Universe Through Alien, X-Ray Eyes

 

The German-Russian, eRosita space telescope mounted on the Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma (SRG) was launched in July of 2019. Rotating at an observing position some 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, the spacecraft has created a seminal 3D map from 165 gigabytes of data, recording over a million violent sources of X-rays in the cosmos that reveals how the universe accelerates under the mysterious force called dark energy. The X-ray eye is expected to detect up to three million supermassive black holes, many of which will be new to science, including both obscured and unobscured objects, providing a unique view of the evolution of the supermassive objects within the emerging cosmos.

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