It is believed that the universe is approximately 13.7 billion years old, but a stunning new study says it could be significantly younger – by a few billion years.
According to the study, researchers used new calculations that needed different approaches to find out how old the universe really is.
"We have great uncertainty about how the stars in the galaxy move," said lead author of the study, Inh Jee, from the Max Planck Institute opposite the Associated Press. The research was published in Science.
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"Observations of type Ia supernovae (SNe) can be used to measure H0, but this requires an external calibrator to convert relative distances to absolute," reads the abstract. "We use the angle-diameter distance to strong gravitational lenses as a suitable calibrator, which is weakly sensitive to cosmological assumptions."
With the new calculations, the Hubble constant, which measures the rate of expansion of the universe, is now 82.4, suggesting that the universe is about 11.4 billion years old. At 13.7 billion years, the Hubble constant was 70 years old.
Scientists estimate the age of the universe by measuring how fast it expands based on the motion of stars. As the universe expands faster, it means that it has reached its current size more quickly and therefore needs to be relatively younger.
While Jee's approach provides a very different number for the age of the universe than before, this is not the case the only approach to giving different numbers. In the 1990s, there was a smoldering astronomical debate about the age of the universe, which was supposed to have been settled.
COMET AND ASTEROIDS COULD ALL ABOUT LIFE ABOUT THE GALAXY. In 2013, a team of European scientists investigated the leftover radiation from the Big Bang, declaring the rate of expansion slower, while Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Adam Riess of the Space Telescope Science Institute used NASA's supertelescope and developed a figure of 74 another team had 73.3 at the beginning of this year.
Jee and external experts had great reservations about their numbers. She used only two gravitational lenses, all of which were available, and so their margin of error is so large that it is possible that the universe is older than calculated and not dramatically younger.
The Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb That Was not It Part of the study said it was an interesting and unique way to calculate the universe's rate of expansion, but the large margin of error limits its effectiveness until more information can be gathered ,
Use a ruler that you do not fully understand, "Loeb said in an email to the AP.
Loeb has recently been known to make the interstellar object Oumuaua an alien probe
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The Associated Press has contributed to this report.