Sunday, July 25, 2010

Radio astronomers develop new technique for studying dark energy

Green Bank TelescopeImage via Wikipedia

Radio astronomers develop new technique for studying dark energy: "Pioneering observations with the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have given astronomers a new tool for mapping large cosmic structures. The new tool promises to provide valuable clues about the nature of the mysterious 'dark energy' believed to constitute nearly three-fourths of the mass and energy of the Universe.

Dark energy is the label scientists have given to what is causing the Universe to expand at an accelerating rate. While the acceleration was discovered in 1998, its cause remains unknown. Physicists have advanced competing theories to explain the acceleration, and believe the best way to test those theories is to precisely measure large-scale cosmic structures."