Skip to comments.The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 (2/3 to the US, again)
Posted on 10/04/2011 2:57:56 AM PDT by AdmSmith
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2011
with one half to
Saul Perlmutter The Supernova Cosmology Project Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California,
and the other half jointly to
Brian P. Schmidt The High-z Supernova Search Team Australian National University,
Adam G. Riess The High-z Supernova Search Team Johns Hopkins University and Space Telescope Science Institute,
"for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae"
In 1998, cosmology was shaken at its foundations as two research teams presented their findings. Headed by Saul Perlmutter, one of the teams had set to work in 1988. Brian Schmidt headed another team, launched at the end of 1994, where Adam Riess was to play a crucial role.
The research teams raced to map the Universe by locating the most distant supernovae. More sophisticated telescopes on the ground and in space, as well as more powerful computers and new digital imaging sensors (CCD, Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009), opened the possibility in the 1990s to add more pieces to the cosmological puzzle.
The teams used a particular kind of supernova, called type Ia supernova. It is an explosion of an old compact star that is as heavy as the Sun but as small as the Earth. A single such supernova can emit as much light as a whole galaxy. All in all, the two research teams found over 50 distant supernovae whose light was weaker than expected - this was a sign that the expansion of the Universe was accelerating. The potential pitfalls had been numerous, and the scientists found reassurance in the fact that both groups had reached the same astonishing conclusion.
(Excerpt) Read more at nobelprize.org ...
In accordance with new international racial quota policies, here is the new Nobel Prize winner for Physics 2011.
The temperature of the universe is already about 4 degrees Kelvin. Dunno how it could end in ice.
If it's not one thing, it's another!
I thought Barry won for finding an economic black hole up his ass!
It it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
only 4% real matter?
25% dark matter?
the rest dark energy?
There are some big holes in this theory of the Universe still.
But back in 1997, I bet you could have gotten 3,000 scientists to agree that the cosmology science was "settled", if there was enough grant money on the line...
A new idea is most of the time initiated by only one person. It is only in cases related to pseudo science, like the politicized climatology, that people are interested in signing petitions like that.
LOL.....best line on thread!!
and even if "no" grant money was on the line.
Enough of that science stuff...did they give Barack another medal????
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