Jul 282013

Swirls in the Afterglow of the Big Bang Could Set Stage for Major Discovery

Scientists have spotted swirling patterns in the radiation lingering from the big bang, the so-called cosmic microwave background (CMB). The observation itself isn’t Earth-shaking, as researchers know that these particular swirls or “B-modes” originated in conventional astrophysics, but the result suggests that scientists are closing in on a much bigger prize: B-modes spawned by gravity waves that rippled through the infant universe. That observation would give them a direct peek into the cosmos’ first fraction of a second and possibly shed light on how it all began.

An interesting article. I remain astounded at what there is to be discovered.

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