Reiss downplayed the idea that the results could be the result of human error. He said that the “mismatch” between the two rates “has been growing and has now reached a point that is really impossible to dismiss as a fluke. This is not what we expected.”
(Sinéad Baker – Business Insider) The universe is younger and expanding faster than we thought, a new study found, scientists think we may have to work on new physics as a result.
A new study lead by Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Adam Riess, found that the universe is expanding 9% faster than previous calculations that were based on studying the aftermath of the Big Bang.
The study by Riess, an astronomer at Johns Hopkins University, was published in Astrophysical Journal this week, and used new measurements from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to calculate the new expansion rate, which scientist have theorized for years.
But Reiss, and other scientists, think that the expansion rates concluded by both studies could be correct, which means that the rate of the universe’s expansion has increased — and they say that “new physics” may be necessary to explain the discrepancy.