Exploring Hubble's Constant: Measurement Improvements

In summary, because of better instrumentation, the Hubble constant has been found to be different from what it was in the past. This difference is most likely due to measurement improvements. Additionally, because of the increased understanding of stars and mass/luminosity, astronomers have been able to better detect novas and stars that were previously undetectable.
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Why is the modern value of Hubble's constant so different from today's measured value? At first I thought it was because the Hubble constant is related to density via:

ρ_c = 3H^2/(8*π*G)

but in the past 2011 - 1921 = 90 years, I don't think the density could have changed that much since it's a negligible amount of time in cosmological scales.

So this means, it boils down to measurement improvements but what specifically?

I would REALLY appreciate it if someone could explain and elaborate on this for me!
Thanks in advance!
 
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Why is the value that Hubble originally calculated different than the one today.
for starters:
Improved instumentation.
A better understanding of stars - originally Cephoid stars were thought to be of one type
 
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Thank you for your answer!

Just to say though, the "Improved instrumentation" is the typical vague answer I got (which I wasn't satisfied with) but fortunately for me, I found the answer to that after extensive research.

As for "originally [Cepheid] stars were thought to be of one type," I didn't know that and found that informative.

Thanks again!
 
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Thank you for your answer!

Just to say though, the "Improved instrumentation" is the typical vague answer I got (which I wasn't satisfied with) but fortunately for me, I found the answer to that after extensive research.

As for "originally [Cepheid] stars were thought to be of one type," I didn't know that and found that informative.

Thanks again!
 
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Just to say though, the "Improved instrumentation" is the typical vague answer I got (which I wasn't satisfied with) but fortunately for me, I found the answer to that after extensive research.

You are right, that is pretty vague.
The list could be several pages long.

Optical telescopes in space - example Hubble, Cobe
Radio arrays.
Infrared instrumentation.
Since more of the electromagnetic spectrum received from space can be recorded and analyzed nowadays, the data from radio waves, to visible light, to x-rays from an object, can be compared for agreement.

Better understanding of mass/luminosity for stars, supper novas.
 

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