Dark energy or apparent acceleration due to a relativistic cosmological model more complex than the Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker model?
We use the Szekeres inhomogeneous relativistic models in order to fit supernova combined data sets. We show that with a choice of the spatial curvature function that is guided by current observations, the models fit the supernova data almost as well as the Lambda-CDM model without requiring a dark energy component. The Szekeres models were originally derived as an exact solution to Einstein's equations with a general metric that has no symmetries, and they are regarded as good candidates to model the true lumpy universe that we observe. The null geodesics in these models are not radial. The best fitmore »