Image credit: NASA/WMAP

Image credit: NASA/WMAP

What is the cosmological constant? How is the expansion of the universe related to quantum fields? How does a vacuum energy produce accelerated expansion? I discuss these questions and more in today’s Ask a Spaceman!

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