Minute Physics: Dark Energy
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The accelerating expansion of the universe in just over a minute.
Dark energy, although unobservable, is thought to be an anti-gravity-like material which permeates the universe and contributes to its increasing expansion. Around three quarters of the universe is believed to be dark energy, whilst matter – everything that makes up stars, planets and you – is estimated to constitute approximately 4%.
The discovery of this accelerating expansion was confirmed through the observation of distant supernovae. This work was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 2011 and was shared between Saul Perlmutter, Brian P Schmidt and Adam G. Riess.
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