We’ve always known that the universe is expanding rapidly, but it may be expanding faster than scientists thought. Most people think that since the universe is eternal, this won’t have any direct impact on us. Although this may not change our everyday lives, it is quite the shock for astronomers, and even mathematicians. Deliberating how fast the universe is expanding takes careful calculation. We have had a standard model of the cosmos that we have been using for decades, and this recent discovery would not only change that model, but also change the way of certain aspects of physics and how things are now calculated.

This is causing much controversy among astronomers, because although it doesn’t directly change human life, big changes like this don’t happen often in the space community. Space exploration is a slow process that takes a new surprise at a time, and this is an unexpected surprise that could lead astronomers scratching their heads at what this could mean for what they have known for so long.