The deepest views of the distant Universe show galaxies being pushed away by dark energy. Whether there was something, like dust, blocking that light was a seriously-considered alternative for many years.NASA, ESA, R. Windhorst and H. Yan

20 years ago, our understanding of the Universe underwent a revolution. For generations, we had known the Universe was expanding, but we didn’t know its fate. Whether it would recollapse (with gravity defeating the expansion), expand forever (with the expansion defeating gravity), or live right on the border between the two cases (with expansion and gravity perfectly balanced) was one of cosmology’s greatest open questions.

Then, in 1998, two independent teams — the high-z supernova search team and the supernova cosmology project — both released their results that showed that ultra-distant supernovae were far too faint to be consistent with any of these. The Universe wasn’t just expanding, the expansion was accelerating. Expansion defeats gravity, and a new form of energy was required to explain the observations: dark energy.

But many scientists were skeptical. After all, if things were fainter than expected, maybe the Universe wasn’t accelerating. Maybe it was just dust? For years, that notion was the main competing idea to dark energy. Here’s how it died.

The expected fates of the Universe (top three illustrations) all correspond to a Universe where the matter and energy fights against the initial expansion rate. In our observed Universe, a cosmic acceleration is caused by some type of dark energy, which is hitherto unexplained. All of these Universes are governed by the Friedmann equations, which relate the expansion of the Universe to the various types of matter and energy present within it.E. Siegel / Beyond the Galaxy

The way the Universe expands is inextricably linked to the matter and energy present within it. A Universe dominated by matter will expand differently than one dominated by radiation; the composition of your Universe and how it changes over time determines how it expands. Because of this, a primary goal of cosmology, for a long time, was to measure two major features: the expansion rate and how it changes over time.

But we can’t measure the expanding Universe directly. We can only measure objects within the Universe. So we don’t measure the Universe’s expansion; we measure how bright or how big objects appear to be. If we know some things about them — their intrinsic brightness, their apparent brightness, and their redshift — we can infer their distance from us, and use that to calculate the expansion history of the Universe.

“Standard candles” are great for inferring distances based on measured brightness, but only if you’re confident of your candle’s intrinsic brightness, and the non-polluted environment between you and the light source.NASA/JPL-Caltech

Unless, of course, there’s a confounding, polluting factor in there. If you knew you had a 60-watt light bulb and you observed it to have a particular brightness, you’d be able to calculate how far away it is. The brightness-distance relation is very simple: observed brightness falls off as the inverse of the distance squared (b ~ 1/r2).

But if it’s foggy out, you’re going to have a problem. The light will appear fainter than the simple brightness-distance relation predicts, in proportion to the density of the fog. If you just measured that distant light and applied the brightness-distance relation, you’d conclude its distance was greater than it actually is. Your results would be biased, because you didn’t account for the fact that something is blocking a portion of the light.

When it’s foggy outside, distant light sources will appear dimmer than they would otherwise, as a portion of their light gets blocked and scattered away. If you didn’t know about the fog and inferred a distance solely based on the brightness of the light, you would infer it to be too far away.Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via Getty Images

So if you apply this logic to these fainter-than-expected supernova, you might wonder if there was some kind of cosmic “fog” blocking this distant light. We don’t have fog in the Universe, but we do have light-blocking dust. And if you put enough dust at great enough distances, you could potentially explain why supernovae appear fainter without dark energy. It’s the first thing you’d consider; additional dust is far less of a revolution than a new type of energy permeating the Universe.

So that became a proposition: there was some additional dust in the distant Universe, and the reason the supernovae appeared fainter wasn’t because they were farther away due to an extra expansion of space, but because dust was blocking the light.

Visible (left) and infrared (right) views of the dust-rich Bok globule, Barnard68 The infrared light is not blocked nearly as much, as the smaller-sized dust grains are too little to interact with the long-wavelength light. At longer wavelengths, more of the Universe beyond the light-blocking dust can be revealed.ESO

Dust grains, however, come in particular sizes, and the size of the dust grains determines which wavelengths of light are preferentially blocked, with most dust better at blocking blue than red light. This is why there are many dark nebulae in the Universe that block the visible light, but if you look with an infrared telescope, you can see the stars behind that nebula.

Measurements of different wavelengths of light, however, didn’t show a preferential light-blocking phenomenon. They instead showed that both red and blue light were reduced by equal amounts. You might think that rules out dust as an explanation, but that’s not necessarily so. What if the dust in the distant Universe was of a new type, that blocked all the wavelengths of light equally?

The Baby Eagle Nebula, LBN 777, appears to be a grey, dusty region in space. But the dust itself is not grey in color, but preferentially absorbs blue, rather than red, light, being made of real, physical dust particles and not the theoretical-only grey dust.David Dvali / English Wikipedia

This undiscovered type of dust, dubbed “grey dust,” could block all wavelengths equally. If you were to create a population of dust grains that had a specific size distribution that spanned many orders of magnitude in scale, it could, theoretically cause this dimming effect equally across all wavelengths. Even though we’ve never discovered such a dust distribution naturally, we can imagine that the Universe creates it in places where we cannot directly measure it.

So we needed some way to put that to the test, and that involved looking at supernovae at a variety of distances. If it were grey dust, there should be more of it continuing to block progressively more light at greater distances. If dark energy were correct, instead, the expansion of the Universe predicts a different result. By 2004 or 2005, the results were abundantly clear.

The observation of even more distant supernovae allowed us to discern the difference between ‘grey dust’ and dark energy, ruling the former out. But the modification of ‘replenishing grey dust’ is still indistinguishable from dark energy.A.G. Riess et al. (2004), The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 607, Number 2

Dark energy was consistent with what we saw; grey dust was out.

But did that mean dark energy must be real?

Not necessarily. You can always modify your “grey dust” explanation in a way that it fits the data: by causing that grey dust to change in density and location over time as the Universe expands: “replenishing grey dust.” If you inserted a method to create new, grey dust to keep it at a constant density as the Universe expanded, you could again match the data.

But nobody works on replenishing grey dust. By the time we arrived at this suite of data, the last reasonable skeptics promoting dusty explanations had all given up.

The distance/redshift relation, including the most distant objects of all, seen from their type Ia supernovae. The data strongly favors cosmic acceleration, even though other data pieces now exist.Ned Wright, based on the latest data from Betoule et al.

The reason is simple: with the addition of enough extra free parameters, caveats, behaviors, or modifications to your theory, you can literally salvage any idea. As long as you’re willing to tweak what you’ve come up with sufficiently, you can never rule anything out. If you wanted to concoct a dusty explanation that mimicked the effects of dark energy, you could do it. At some point, though, you lose all physical motivation, and you’re coming up with multi-parameter explanations to explain an observation that a single free parameter — dark energy — gave you before you started tinkering with your dust theory.

A Universe with dark energy (red), a Universe with large inhomogeneity energy (blue), and a critical, dark-energy-free Universe (green). Note that the blue line behaves differently from dark energy. New ideas should make different, observably testable predictions from the other leading ideas. And ideas which have failed those observational tests should be abandoned once they reach the point of absurdity.Gábor Rácz et al., 2017

More than 100 years ago, the physicist Max Planck said the following:

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

We often paraphrase this as, simply, “physics advances one funeral at a time.” If you are someone who’s wedded to the idea that dark energy isn’t a good explanation for the Universe — which is usually rooted in a feeling, not in evidence — you can always come up with an alternative explanation for what we observe. But most such explanations, like replenishing grey dust, are an example of special pleading, not an example of good scientific work.

Constraints on dark energy from three independent sources: supernovae, the CMB and BAO (which are a feature in the Universe’s large-scale structure.. Note that even without supernovae, we’d need dark energy, and that only 1/6th of the matter found can be normal matter; the rest must be dark matter.Supernova Cosmology Project, Amanullah, et al., Ap.J. (2010)

There are other ways to make distant supernovae appear fainter than they ought to — such as having photons oscillate into axions — but that still won’t fit the ultra-high-redshift supernovae. We don’t even rely on supernovae for dark energy’s existence anymore: we have sufficient evidence from the large-scale structure of the Universe and the Cosmic Microwave Background to demonstrate its necessity.

When the contortions you must perform to salvage your competing idea reaches the level of absurdity, you must abandon it. The dusty alternative to dark energy has lost all its predictive power and physical motivation. Dark energy explains the Universe we observe; dust of any known form does not. It wasn’t bias or prejudice that killed dark energy’s main competitor. It was information from the Universe itself.

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The inmost views of the far-off Universe program galaxies being pressed away by dark energy. Whether there was something, like dust, obstructing that light was a seriously-considered option for several years. NASA, ESA, R. Windhorst and H. Yan

20 years earlier, our understanding of deep space went through a transformation. For generations, we had actually understood deep space was broadening, however we didn’t understand its fate. Whether it would recollapse (with gravity beating the growth), broaden permanently( with the growth beating gravity), or live right on the border in between the 2 cases (with growth and gravity completely well balanced )was among cosmology’s biggest open concerns.

Then, in1998, 2 independent groups– the high-z supernova search group and the supernova cosmology task — both launched their outcomes that revealed that ultra-distant supernovae were far too faint to be constant with any of these. Deep space wasn’t simply broadening, the growth was speeding up. Growth beats gravity, and a brand-new kind of energy was needed to describe the observations: dark energy.

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So that ended up being a proposal: there was some extra dust in the far-off Universe, and the factor the supernovae appeared fainter wasn’t due to the fact that they were further away due to an additional growth of area, however due to the fact that dust was obstructing the light.

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Dust grains, nevertheless, can be found in specific sizes, and the size of the dust grains figures out which wavelengths of light are preferentially obstructed, with the majority of dust much better at obstructing blue than traffic signal. This is why there are numerous dark nebulae in deep space that obstruct the noticeable light, however if you look with an infrared telescope, you can see the stars behind that nebula
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Measurements of various wavelengths of light, nevertheless, didn’t reveal a preferential light-blocking phenomenon. They rather revealed that both red and blue light were minimized by equivalent quantities. You may believe that eliminate dust as a description, however that’s not always so. What if the dust in the far-off Universe was of a brand-new type, that obstructed all the wavelengths of light similarly?

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This undiscovered kind of dust, called” grey dust,” might obstruct all wavelengths similarly. If you were to develop a population of dust grains that had a particular size circulation that covered numerous orders of magnitude in scale, it could, in theory trigger this dimming result similarly throughout all wavelengths. Although we have actually never ever found such a dust circulation naturally,

we can picture that the

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So we required some method to put that to the test, which included taking a look at supernovae at a range of ranges. If it were grey dust, there must be more of it continuing to obstruct gradually more light at higher ranges. If dark energy were proper, rather, the growth of deep space forecasts a various outcome. By2004 or2005, the outcomes were perfectly clear.(*********** )(************************** )(** )(**** )

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out. If you wished to cook up a dirty description that simulated the results of dark energy, you might do it. Eventually, however, you lose all physical inspiration, and you’re developing multi-parameter descriptions to describe an observation that a single complimentary criterion– dark energy– offered you prior to you began playing
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More than100 years earlier, the physicist Max Planck stated the following:

(************ )A brand-new clinical reality does not victory by persuading its challengers and making them see the light, however rather due to the fact that its challengers ultimately pass away, and a brand-new generation matures that recognizes with it.

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We typically paraphrase this as, just,” physics advances one funeral service at a time.” If you are somebody who’s wedded to the concept that dark energy isn’t a great description for deep space– which is

typically rooted in a sensation, not in proof– you can constantly develop an alternative description for what we observe. However the majority of such descriptions, like renewing grey dust, are an example of unique pleading, not an example of great clinical
work.

(*********************************** )

Restraints on dark energy from 3 independent sources: supernovae, the CMB and BAO( which are a function in deep space’s massive structure. Keep in mind that even without supernovae

, we ‘d require dark energy, which just 1/6th of the matter discovered can be typical matter; the rest needs to be dark matter.(********* )Supernova Cosmology Task, Amanullah, et al., Ap.J. (2010 )(********** )

There are other methods to make far-off supernovae appear fainter than they should– such as having photons oscillate into axions– however that still will not fit the ultra-high-redshift supernovae. We do not even rely

on supernovae for dark energy’s presence any longer: we have enough proof from the massive structure

of deep space and the Cosmic Microwave Background to show its requirement.

(************ )When the contortions you need to carry out to restore your contending concept reaches the level of absurdity, you need to desert it. The dirty option to dark energy has actually lost all its predictive power and physical inspiration. Dark energy discusses deep space we observe; dust of any recognized kind does not. It wasn’t predisposition or bias that eliminated dark energy’s primary rival. It was details from deep space itself.

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The inmost views of the far-off Universe program galaxies being pressed away by dark energy. Whether there was something, like dust, obstructing that light was a seriously-considered option for several years. (********* )NASA, ESA, R. Windhorst and H. Yan(********** )

(***** ).

20 years earlier, our understanding of deep space went through a transformation. For generations, we had actually understood deep space was broadening, however we didn’t understand its fate. Whether it would recollapse( with gravity beating the growth), broaden permanently( with the growth beating gravity ), or live right on the border in between the 2 cases( with growth and gravity completely well balanced) was among cosmology’s biggest open concerns.(*********** ).(************ )Then, in1998, 2 independent groups– the high-z supernova search group and the supernova cosmology task– both launched their outcomes that revealed that ultra-distant supernovae were far too faint to be constant with any of these. Deep space wasn’t simply broadening, the growth was speeding up. Growth beats gravity, and a brand-new kind of energy was needed to describe the observations: dark energy.

.

However numerous researchers were hesitant. After all, if things were fainter than anticipated, possibly deep space wasn’t speeding up. Possibly it was simply dust? For many years, that concept was the primary contending concept to dark energy. Here’s how it passed away.

.

(************************************* ).

The anticipated fates of deep space (leading 3 illustrations) all represent a Universe where the matter and energy battles versus the preliminary growth rate. In our observed Universe, a cosmic velocity is brought on by some kind of dark energy, which is hitherto inexplicable. All of these Universes are governed by the Friedmann formulas, which relate the growth of deep space to the different kinds of matter and energy present within it.(********* )E. Siegel/ Beyond the Galaxy(*********** ).(***** ). (***** ).

(************ )The method deep space broadens is inextricably connected to the matter and energy present within it. A Universe controlled by matter will broaden in a different way than one controlled by radiation; the structure of your Universe and how it alters with time figures out how it broadens.
Since of this, a main objective of cosmology, for a very long time, was to determine 2 significant functions: the growth rate and how it alters with time.

However we can’t determine the broadening Universe straight. We can just determine items within deep space. So we do not determine deep space’s growth; we determine how brilliant or how huge items seem. If we understand some features of them– their intrinsic brightness, their obvious brightness, and their redshift– we can presume their range from us, and utilize that to determine the growth history of deep space.

.

.

“Requirement candle lights” are excellent for presuming ranges based upon determined brightness, however just if you’re positive of your candle light’s intrinsic brightness, and the non-polluted environment in between you and the source of light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

.

.

Unless, naturally, there’s a confounding, contaminating consider there. If you understood you had a 60 – watt light bulb and you observed it to have a specific brightness, you ‘d have the ability to determine how far it is. The brightness-distance relation is really easy: observed brightness falls off as the inverse of the range squared (b ~ 1/r 2 ).

However if it’s foggy out, you’re going to have an issue. The light will appear fainter than the easy brightness-distance relation forecasts, in percentage to the density of the fog. If you simply determined that far-off light and used the brightness-distance relation, you ‘d conclude its range was higher than it in fact is. Your outcomes would be prejudiced, due to the fact that you didn’t represent the truth that something is obstructing a part of the light.

.

.

When it’s foggy outside, far-off lights will appear dimmer than they would otherwise, as a part of their light gets obstructed and spread away. If you didn’t learn about the fog and presumed a range entirely based upon the brightness of the light, you would presume it to be too far. Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto through Getty Images

.

.

So if you use this reasoning to these fainter-than-expected supernova, you may question if there was some sort of cosmic “fog” obstructing this far-off light. We do not have fog in deep space, however we do have light-blocking dust. And if you put enough dust at excellent sufficient ranges, you might possibly describe why supernovae appear fainter without dark energy. It’s the very first thing you ‘d think about; extra dust is far less of a transformation than a brand-new kind of energy penetrating deep space.

So that ended up being a proposal: there was some extra dust in the far-off Universe, and the factor the supernovae appeared fainter wasn’t due to the fact that they were further away due to an additional growth of area, however due to the fact that dust was obstructing the light.

.

.

Noticeable (left) and infrared (right) views of the dust-rich Bok bead, Barnard68 The infrared light is not obstructed almost as much, as the smaller-sized dust grains are insufficient to connect with the long-wavelength light. At longer wavelengths, more of deep space beyond the light-blocking dust can be exposed. ESO

.

.

Dust grains, nevertheless, can be found in specific sizes, and the size of the dust grains figures out which wavelengths of light are preferentially obstructed, with the majority of dust much better at obstructing blue than traffic signal. This is why there are numerous dark nebulae in deep space that obstruct the noticeable light, however if you look with an infrared telescope, you can see the stars behind that nebula.

Measurements of various wavelengths of light, nevertheless, didn’t reveal a preferential light-blocking phenomenon. They rather revealed that both red and blue light were minimized by equivalent quantities. You may believe that eliminate dust as a description, however that’s not always so. What if the dust in the far-off Universe was of a brand-new type, that obstructed all the wavelengths of light similarly?

.

.

The Infant Eagle Nebula, LBN 777, seems a grey, dirty area in area. However the dust itself is not grey in color, however preferentially takes in blue, instead of red, light, being made from genuine, physical dust particles and not the theoretical-only grey dust. David Dvali/ English Wikipedia

.

.

This undiscovered kind of dust, called “grey dust,” might obstruct all wavelengths similarly. If you were to develop a population of dust grains that had a particular size circulation that covered numerous orders of magnitude in scale, it could, in theory trigger this dimming result similarly throughout all wavelengths. Although we have actually never ever found such a dust circulation naturally, we can picture that deep space develops it in locations where we can not straight determine it.

So we required some method to put that to the test, which included taking a look at supernovae at a range of ranges. If it were grey dust, there must be more of it continuing to obstruct gradually more light at higher ranges. If dark energy were proper, rather, the growth of deep space forecasts a various outcome. By 2004 or 2005, the outcomes were perfectly clear.

.

.

The observation of much more far-off supernovae enabled us to determine the distinction in between ‘grey dust’ and dark energy, ruling the previous out. However the adjustment of ‘renewing grey dust’ is still identical from dark energy. A.G. Riess et al. (2004), The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 607, Number 2

.

.

Dark energy followed what we saw; grey dust was out.

However did that mean dark energy must be genuine?

Not always. You can constantly customize your “grey dust” description in a manner that it fits the information: by triggering that grey dust to alter in density and area with time as deep space broadens: “renewing grey dust.” If you placed a technique to develop brand-new, grey dust to keep it at a continuous density as deep space broadened, you might once again match the information.

However no one deals with renewing grey dust. By the time we came to this suite of information, the last affordable doubters promoting dirty descriptions had actually all quit.

.

.

The distance/redshift relation, consisting of the most far-off items of all, seen from their type Ia supernovae. The information highly prefers cosmic velocity, although other information pieces now exist. Ned Wright, based upon the current information from Betoule et al.

.

.

The factor is easy: with the addition of sufficient additional complimentary criteria, cautions, habits, or adjustments to your theory, you can actually restore any concept. As long as you want to fine-tune what you have actually created adequately, you can never ever rule anything out. If you wished to cook up a dirty description that simulated the results of dark energy, you might do it. Eventually, however, you lose all physical inspiration, and you’re developing multi-parameter descriptions to describe an observation that a single complimentary criterion– dark energy– offered you prior to you began playing with your dust theory.

.

.

A Universe with dark energy (red), a Universe with big inhomogeneity energy (blue), and a crucial, dark-energy-free Universe (green). Keep in mind that the blue line acts in a different way from dark energy. Originality must alter, observably testable forecasts from the other leading concepts. And concepts which have actually stopped working those observational tests must be deserted as soon as they reach the point of absurdity. Gábor Rácz et al., 2017

.

.

More than 100 years earlier, the physicist Max Planck stated the following:

.

A brand-new clinical reality does not victory by persuading its challengers and making them see the light, however rather due to the fact that its challengers ultimately pass away, and a brand-new generation matures that recognizes with it.

.

We typically paraphrase this as, just, “physics advances one funeral service at a time.” If you are somebody who’s wedded to the concept that dark energy isn’t a great description for deep space– which is typically rooted in a sensation, not in proof– you can constantly develop an alternative description for what we observe. However the majority of such descriptions, like renewing grey dust, are an example of unique pleading, not an example of great clinical work.

.

.

Restraints on dark energy from 3 independent sources: supernovae, the CMB and BAO (which are a function in deep space’s massive structure. Keep in mind that even without supernovae, we ‘d require dark energy, which just 1/6th of the matter discovered can be typical matter; the rest needs to be dark matter. Supernova Cosmology Task, Amanullah, et al., Ap.J. (2010)

.

.

There are other methods to make far-off supernovae appear fainter than they should– such as having photons oscillate into axions– however that still will not fit the ultra-high-redshift supernovae. We do not even depend on supernovae for dark energy’s presence any longer: we have enough proof from the massive structure of deep space and the Cosmic Microwave Background to show its requirement.

When the contortions you need to carry out to restore your contending concept reaches the level of absurdity, you need to desert it. The dirty option to dark energy has actually lost all its predictive power and physical inspiration. Dark energy discusses deep space we observe; dust of any recognized kind does not. It wasn’t predisposition or bias that eliminated dark energy’s primary rival. It was details from deep space itself.

.

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