Mystery of Big Bang theory solved? [2014/04/04 09:58]

A group of U.S. scientists claimed that they’ve gathered the first direct evidence of the Big Bang ? an *expansion of the *cosmos thought to have started the universe.
Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said the images of the *gravitational waves that *rippled through space after the Big Bang were *captured by the BICEP telescope at the South Pole.
“The South Pole has been considered as the closest spot on Earth to observe space,” said John Kovac, leader of the BICEP2 collaboration at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. There is little *dust or extra *galactic material in the Southern Pole to *interfere with the research, Kovac pointed out.
The discovery, if confirmed, would support the Big Bang theory of the universe. Some experts even suggest the work could be a *contender for the Nobel Prize. The latest study is a definitely worthy of a Nobel Prize, according to theoretical physicist Alan Guth, who proposed the idea of space inflation in 1980.
What is certain is that the observation gives scientists new clues about the conditions in the early universe; how the space *inflated into today’s existence in an event known as the Big Bang 14 billion years ago. Moreover, it can finally provide the biggest missing piece of evidence for Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
“Detecting this signal is one of the most important goals in cosmology today,” said John Kovac.
Harvard theorist Avi Loeb also noted that the findings provide new insights into some of our most basic questions: Why do we exist? How did the universe begin?
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