Swedish Industrialist Alfred Nobel established the prestigious Nobel Prizes that have been awarded since 1901. The New York Times was buzzing with the story on this year’s winners in the Physics category that included American Saul Perlmutter, U.S.- Australian Brain Schmidt and U.S. Scientist Adam Riess.
Together, they will share the $1.5 million dollar physics award. Working in two separate labs, these scientists mapped the universe’s expansion analyzing supernovas or exploding stars. They discovered that the light emitted by more than 50 distant supernovas was weaker than expected, which means the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate.
The citation said: For almost a century the universe has been known to be expanding as a consequence of the Big Bang about 14 billion years ago. However, the discovery that this expansion is accelerating is astounding. If the expansion continues to speed up the universe will end in ice.
The academy said that the three U.S. born researchers were stunned by their own discoveries. They had expected to find that the expansion of the universe was slowing down. But both teams reached the opposite conclusion: far-away galaxies were racing away from each other at an ever-increasing speed and that the universe is apparently being blown apart by a mysterious force that cosmologists now call dark energy. A finding that has thrown the fate of the universe and indeed the nature of physics into doubt.
Perhaps this can explain the sensation here on earth that time is moving faster and faster. Retailers might consider revolving aisles because one holiday seems to blend into another. Where will this acceleration all end? Clearly forces of nature – or as the scientists termed it by a mysterious dark energy penetrating the cosmos is causing havoc. This same dark energy is evident here on earth with war, destruction and the ugliness of genocide and other acts of terror and violence casually spoken about every night on the 5 o’clock news.
Slow down as you walk to the mailbox and take in the colorful signs of Autumn and crisp air – it will be here only briefly!