Seen a number of other people with an interest in astrophysics on the debate board - so I thought I’d open a thread for a discussion.
Does anyone else here find the idea of an ever accelerating universe, powered by negative energy, grate against their intuition?
It all seems to have come about from a report around 1998, I think it was, with regards to measuring the distances to more distant supernovae. So far as I was concerned, the experiment involved was riddled with optimistic assumptions - yet the whole idea quickly became accepted without any seeming great challenge.
Recently there was an extensive mapping of background microwave radiation which purportedly supports the idea - but I’m wondering again what assumptions are involved.
It’s so surprising that the entire concept has been incorporated so quickly and easily into the foundations of mainstream physics. Personally speaking, this is one concept that I’d wager real money on for later dismissal. Anyone else bet on that?