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What Illuminated Dark Energy?

Brian Schmidt

Prof Brian Schmidt’s discovery solved three major problems in astrophysics. Credit: Belinda Pratten

By Tamara Davis

Science rarely overturns existing paradigms, so why was the astonishing announcement that a mysterious “dark energy” was accelerating the expansion of the universe so quickly accepted by cosmologists?

Tamara Davis is a Research Fellow with the University of Queensland’s School of Mathematics and Physics.

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