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Einstein could be wrong because the universe is expanding faster than believed


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Albert Einstein and his wife. (Wikimedia Commons)

We know the universe is expanding, but it turns out it may be expanding 5-9% more than we thought.

New data from the Hubble Space Telescope doesn't jive with calculations based on radiation left over from the Big Bang.

That's kind of a big deal. It could mean Einstein's general theory of relativity is wrong--or, at least, not 100% right.

Hubble measured the distance from Earth to 2,400 stars in 19 galaxies and used the data to show the universe is expanding at 73.2 kilometers per second per megaparsec, meaning that the distances between objects will double in another 9.8 billion years. That's 5-9% more than previously calculated.

Possible theories? The discrepancy could be caused by the influence of dark energy. Or there could be undiscovered subatomic particles messing with the data.

Either way, we definitely have more to learn about the universe.

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Einstein could be wrong because the universe is expanding faster than believed

Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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