UNRAVELING UNIVERSE

IS THE COSMOS YOUNGER THAN THE STARS IT CONTAINS? WAS EINSTEIN'S BIGGEST BLUNDER NOT A MISTAKE? HERE'S WHY COSMOLOGY IS IN CHAOS

Tod Lauer is starting to feel more than a little fed up with his fellow astronomers. Not long ago, Lauer and his close friend and collaborator Marc Postman, of the Space Telescope Science Institute, in Baltimore, Maryland, announced the results of a telescopic study they had been working on for more than a year. The young scientists reached the astonishing conclusion that rather than expanding outward in a stately fashion like the rest of the universe, a collection of many thousands of galaxies, including our own and spanning a billion light-years or so, may be speeding en masse toward a point...

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