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Big bang pushed back two billion years

Posted on Tuesday, 8 August, 2006 | Comment icon 8 comments

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"Our universe may be 15% larger and older than we thought, according to new measurements of the distance to a nearby galaxy."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Dark_Ambient on 8 August, 2006, 15:25
Why have humans arrives so late in the developing universe? Or perhaps it's still young at a now 17 billion years.
Comment icon #2 Posted by shun on 9 August, 2006, 2:19
It took a decade to build and launch HST. It took another five years to complete what was perhaps their namesake mission- refining the Hubble constant. They made a determination using variable stars that the Hubble constant was about 80. Then, at the end of the 1990s, the "gold sample" supernovae sample by HST was interpreted to mean there was a dark energy component re-accelerating the Universe, which would change estimates of the Hubble constant, to around 72. More refinements came in 2001, with estimates on the relic background energy left after the Big Bang- the cosmic microwave background... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by ZeroShadow on 9 August, 2006, 3:31
Well, I personally don't think we truly know the age or size of the universe. We're FAR too limited. Being able to travel deeper into the universe will very possibly give new data and change our theories completely.
Comment icon #4 Posted by rice on 9 August, 2006, 14:23
isnt there gonna be a bigger telescope coming soon? but i think its just for searching earth-like planets in distant galaxies. i think a lot can happen during those 2 billion years calculated. well...prolly not for us..but for other planets i guess
Comment icon #5 Posted by MrVelvet on 9 August, 2006, 17:38
I would guess that as technology allows us to peer farther and farther out, the age of the universe will continue to grow by leaps and bounds
Comment icon #6 Posted by ZeroShadow on 9 August, 2006, 19:15
I would guess that as technology allows us to peer farther and farther out, the age of the universe will continue to grow by leaps and bounds And discoveries that will completely change our theories will be found.
Comment icon #7 Posted by aquatus1 on 9 August, 2006, 19:28
Comment icon #8 Posted by Startraveler on 10 August, 2006, 0:50
You're seeing in action why the scientific process is such a good one and why it's so much fun. Here's a press release from yesterday: Chandra Independently Determines Hubble Constant A critically important number that specifies the expansion rate of the Universe, the so-called Hubble constant, has been independently determined using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This new value matches recent measurements using other methods and extends their validity to greater distances, thus allowing astronomers to probe earlier epochs in the evolution of the Universe. "The reason this result is so sign... [More]

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