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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 Rip

Artist's Concept Running Time: 3 seconds

This animation demonstrates that if Dark Energy became stronger than Einstein's predictions, the universe would be torn apart. This would lead to a "Big Rip" where the universe ultimately expands so violently that the galaxies, the stars, planets, and finally atoms would come unglued in a catastrophic end of time.

Credit: Greg Bacon (STScI)

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Release Videos

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