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No Backing Off From the Accelerating Universe

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Science  13 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5392, pp. 1249-1251
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5392.1249

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CHICAGO-- Intensive scrutiny of data from distant exploding stars called supernovae has not shaken the conclusion, announced early this year, that the universe contains a large-scale repulsive force that is accelerating its expansion. At a workshop held here last week to give astronomers a chance to challenge those results, the original conclusion not only held up, it actually gathered further support. While some astronomers are accepting the message of the supernovae only reluctantly, some cosmologists welcome it, because it rounds out a consistent picture of the origin, contents, and fate of the universe (see p. 1247).