Cosmological Constant and its Significance

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Would you plz explain me what is a cosmological constant? When Einstein snubbed it as the "biggest blunder" in his life, what else is the real importance of the constant? Also what is cosmological acceleration and its’ effect on the constant…plz…but in simple words…plzzzz:)))))

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The cosmological constant was proposed by Albert Einstein as a modification of his original theory of general relativity to achieve a stationary universe.

Einstein abandoned the concept after the observation of the Hubble redshift indicated that the universe might not be stationary, as he had based his theory on the idea that the universe is unchanging.However, the discovery of cosmic acceleration in the 1990s has renewed interest in a cosmological constant.

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