Hubble Constant: 70.8 km/s per mega-parsec.
The Hubble Constant is the unit of measurement used to describe the expansion of the universe. The value of the megaparsec (km/s/Mpc).is important for both observations of the objects in the Universe, as it allows us to convert their recession velocities into true distances, and for estimating the age of the Universe. has units of km/sec per
In the 1920's, Edwin Hubble working with observations from the Mount Wilson Observatory discovered that the Universe is expanding. He compared recession velocities of galaxies measured from their spectra to their apparent brightness estimated from photographic plates. This expansion causes objects at greater and greater distances to be receding from us at higher and higher speeds, at a velocity given by an expression now known as. Here V represents the galaxy's recessional velocity, R is its distance away from Earth, and the constant of proportionality, H, is called the and has units of km/sec per megaparsec (km/s/Mpc). The value of the Hubble Constant is important for both observations of the objects in the Universe, as it allows us to convert their recession velocities into true distances, and for estimating the age of the Universe.
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As more of the universe was observed from Edwin Hubble's time through the 20th century, the observable light and the implied volume of the universe and implied matter within the universe led scientist to the conclusion that the expansion of the universe was slowing. Using the volume, mass and the force of gravity, this was a logical conclusion. However, the Supernova Cosmology Project at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory made a startling discovery. Led by PhD cosmologist, Saul Perlmutter, their study of Type 1a supernova provided strong evidence that contrary to the mathematical certainty that universal expansion was slowing, evidence showed that the universe was indeed expanding an accelerating rate! The implications is that, against the force of gravity, another force is certainly pushing the expansion of the universe outward. This force is what's commonly now known as Dark Matter/Dark Energy. This discovery led to Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, and Adam Riess being awarded the Nobel in Physics in 2015. The picture below shows Perlmutter in the middle with Director of Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, Michael Witherell on the right and vCalc's founder Kurt Heckman on the left.
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