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Weird Object: Our Accelerating Universe

No. 2: NASCAR’s Got Nothing On This Race

RELATED TOPICS: EXPANSION RATE | COSMOLOGY | DARK ENERGY
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WHAT'S YOUR HURRY? All of the roughly 10,000 galaxies captured in this Hubble Space Telescope Ultra Deep Field image — and every other one in the cosmos — zooms away from us faster and faster, as if the universe is suddenly expanding. 
NASA/ESA/S. Beckwith (STScI)/The HUDF Team

Could the strangest thing in the universe be the universe itself? You be the judge. 

The branch of astrophysics called “cosmology” — which is not about hairdressing and permanent waves, but the study of the universe as a whole — regards the cosmos as a single entity. Meaning, everything was born together and shares universal properties. The cosmos didn’t just leak in here drop by drop from another dimension, as the steady state theory suggested. Instead, by this thinking, the nature of space, the speed of light, and the value of such constants as gravity are identical everywhere. In short, we truly live in a UNI-verse where E Pluribus Unum rules, a oneness out of which the many stars and planets are free to experiment and frolic. 

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