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Expanding universe question

  1. Aug 13, 2008 #1
    reading thru some of the posts I havn't realy found the answer. The univers is expanding but is it a constant rate or is it an accelerating rate?
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  3. Aug 13, 2008 #2


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    At present the expansion appears to be accelerating.

    This was a major discovery of the 1990's deduced from the fainter than expected distant Supernovae Type 1a.

    The acceleration is thought to be due to Dark Energy that has a high negative pressure.

    Note: adding positive pressure (the normal kind) acts like adding energy and produces extra gravitation, which counter intuitively increases the deceleration of the universe's expansion. Negative pressure has the opposite effect.

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