We already know that there is something faster than the speed of light. That our teachers and for God sake Einstein was wrong in his statement there is absolutely nothing faster than light. Now we know better. Quantum physics revealed that no matter how far e.g. photons are separated from each other, they can communicate instantly. Faster than the speed of light.
And now another revelation has shocked scientists. Our universe is NOT expanding. At least scientifically spoken, there is no hard evidence that it is.
It is less than 5 years ago that astronomers were literally praised into heaven and honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics for what was called their discovery in the late 90’s that our universe is expanding at an accelerating speed.
Thanks to the Hubble space telescope and large earth based telescopes, astronomers were able to analyze a spectacular thermonuclear explosion of dying stars. The accelerating expansion they recognized led to the common acceptance of the idea that the universe is dominated by a mysterious substance the so called dark energy.
Today far more data is available as in the old days. Currently, a team of scientists led by Professor Subir Sarkar of Oxford University’s Department of Physics has cast doubt on this standard dark energy accelerating expansion concept.
Making use of a vastly increased data set – a catalogue of 740 Type Ia supernovae, more than ten times big as the original sample size – the researchers decided that the evidence for acceleration may be less hard than previously thought, with the data being consistent with a constant rate of expansion.
Today “dark energy” is seen as a cosmological constant and therefore THE standard model of cosmology.
The much bigger database now available as in the late nineties wipes out earlier conclusions based on a studies not meeting nowadays demands regarding fundamental significance.
According to Professor Sarkar, other data like the cosmic microwave background as a residue from the Big Bang that seems to support the early accelerating expansion of the universe findings is based on indirect tests in assumed models and not immediately influenced by dark energy.
One cannot rule out that we are being misled and that the apparent manifestation of dark energy is a consequence of analyzing data in an oversimplified theoretical model that was in fact constructed in the 1930s, long before there was any real data.
Professor Sarkar admits: ‘Naturally, a lot of work will be necessary to convince the physics community of this, but our work serves to demonstrate that a key pillar of the standard cosmological model is rather shaky.