Dark Energy Confirmed
Possibly the weirdest idea to be taken seriously by scientists this century, Dark Energy was confirmed recently by an international team of astronomers after completing their analysis of the hubble space telescope Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS). Astronomers over the last decade or so had noticed that the expansion of the universe (predicted by the Big Bang theory, and now routinely observed at observatories around the world) is actually accelerating. Our current knowledge of physics says that the expansion should be slowing because of gravity.
The only way to explain this speeding up is some mysterious new force which affects the universe on a large scale, but not locally. This force is referred to as Dark Energy.
The scientific community is famously sceptical of new ideas, so the fact that Dark Energy has come to be accepted so rapidly should give an idea of the wealth of evidence supporting it. Thanks to this, and other data collected by the new generation of orbital observatories and giant composite ground-based telescopes, we can expect many more revolutionary discoveries to be made. This is a very exciting time to be an astronomer!