Einstein put to the test: Satellite mission on dark energy and theory of gravitation

5 marzo 2015

Physicists have gained new insights into dark energy and the theory of gravitation by analyzing data from the «Planck» satellite mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). Their results demonstrate that the standard model of cosmology remains an excellent description of the universe. Yet when the Planck data is combined with other astronomical observations, several deviations emerge. Further studies must determine whether these anomalies are due to measurement uncertainties or undiscovered physical correlations, which would also challenge Einstein’s theory of gravitation. Thus, the analysis of the Planck data gives major impetus for research during future space missions.