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The Extravagant Universe: The accelerating Universe and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
We will present the evidence that we live in an expanding universe and describe the observations which led to the surprising result that the expansion is accelerating. We will discuss why this result is surprising and some of its implications - all of which contributed to this research being awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. An important consequence of this result is that, until dark energy is understood, we cannot predict how the Universe will end.