Episode 603: What Is The Crisis in Cosmology? With Dr. Paul Sutter
How old is the Universe? In order to figure that out, all you have to do is figure out how quickly it’s expanding, and then the clock backward until everything is crunched together.
And astronomers have measured the rate that the Universe is expanding with tremendous precision at various times in its history; at the beginning, and much more recently. The problem is, these expansion rates disagree, but they’ve both been measured so accurately that their error bars don’t overlap.
In other words, there are multiple, highly accurate estimates for the age of the Universe, and they disagree.
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