Thursday, January 04, 2007

you want space? you got it!

Vacuum Energy.

Quantum physics tells us that contrary to appearances, empty space is a bubbling brew of "virtual" subatomic particles that are constantly being created and destroyed. The fleeting particles endow every cubic centimeter of space with a certain energy that, according to general relativity, produces an anti-gravitational force that pushes space apart. Nobody knows what's really causing the accelerated expansion of the universe, however. Credit: NASA-JSC-ES&IAVacuum Energy
Nobody knows?


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