Dark Energy and the Nobel Prize in Physics

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Ever since Albert Einstein, astronomers had wondered if gravity would slow the expansion of the Universe and make it collapse on itself in the so-called "Big Crunch." But in the late 1990's, two groups of scientists discovered that it's working the other way. The Universe is expanding faster and faster, and the cause is "Dark Energy." The latest Nobel Prize in Physics has gone to astronomers Saul Permutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess, who are responsible for that discovery. Jonathan McDowell is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Credits

Guest:
Jonathan McDowell - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics - @planet4589

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg, Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal