Posted by: drew | March 20, 2006

Evidence of universe’s first instant

Christian Science Monitor reports on new evidence in support of the Big Bank Theory.

In the first fleeting moment of the Big Bang, the universe expanded far faster than the speed of light.

For a fleeting moment, the very fabric of the universe became a kind of hyperspeed spandex – stretching outward at perhaps 100 times the speed of light. That concept, which describes the first trillionth of a second of the universe’s beginnings, has gained wide acceptance among cosmologists. Now, scientists say they have discovered the first comprehensive, subtle signals from that cosmic growth spurt.

The new evidence comes from NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), a satellite designed to study the final whisper of the Big Bang – the primordial burst of energy widely held to have given birth to the universe. This whisper, actually low-level radiation, is known as the cosmic microwave background. The concept of inflation predicts that this whisper should leave behind signals from that event.

So I think I’ve figured it all out now.

The universe is the result of a cosmic alka-seltzer. Someone has indigestion…


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