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« Reply #165 on: September 18, 2007, 07:15:08 pm »

"They'll still be out there," said cosmologist Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University. "But space will be expanding faster than the speed of light," and so the light from those galaxies will never reach us again.

This is possible despite the universal speed limit being that of light, Krauss said, because the galactic clusters won't actually be moving; it's the space between them that will be expanding at a rate faster than light can traverse it.

Krauss and Vanderbilt University physicist Robert Scherrer have written a paper on the matter, which will appear in the October 2007 issue of the Journal of Relativity and Gravitation.

The cause of all this is the bizarre but critical component of the universe called dark energy.

Dark energy is the growing tendency of empty space to spontaneously create more empty space thereby distancing anything in the universe that's not bound together with gravity. No one can fully explain dark energy, but without it the universe we see today makes no sense.

"We know it's allowed (by physics), but we have no idea what it is," said University of Michigan cosmologist Fred Adams, co-author of the book "The Five Ages of the Universe."

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