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February 20, 2004 12:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-12

New Clues About the Nature of Dark Energy: Einstein May Have Been Right After All


Video: Big Crunch

Running Time: 11 seconds

This theoretical animation demonstrates that when Dark Energy fades away and flips in force, it would pull the universe together. This would lead to a "Big Crunch" where the universe ultimately implodes.

Credit: Greg Bacon (STScI)

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Big Crunch Running Time: 11 seconds
Continued Consistent Expansion Running Time: 3 seconds
Big Rip Running Time: 3 seconds