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Thread: 'Smoking Gun' Found in Big Bang Theory

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    'Smoking Gun' Found in Big Bang Theory

    By the faint cosmic glow of the oldest known light, physicists say they have found evidence that the universe grew to astounding proportions in less than the blink of an eye.


    In that trillionth of a second after the big bang, the universe expanded from the size of a marble to a volume larger than all of observable space through a process known as inflation. At the same time, the seeds were planted for the formation of stars, galaxies, planets and every other object in the universe.
    "It's giving us our first clues about how inflation took place," said Michael Turner, assistant director for mathematics and physical sciences at the National Science Foundation. "This is absolutely amazing."

    Researchers found this long-sought "smoking gun" evidence by looking at the cosmic microwave background, the oldest light in the universe. The light was produced when the universe was about 300,000 years old - a long time ago, but still hundreds of millennia after inflation had done its work.

    Even so, the pattern of light in the cosmic microwave background offers clues about what came before it, just as a fossil tells a paleontologist about long-extinct life. Of special interest to physicists are subtle brightness variations that give images of the microwave background a lumpy appearance.

    Physicists presented new measurements of those variations during a news conference Thursday at Princeton University. The measurements were made by a spaceborne instrument called the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe, or WMAP, launched by NASA in 2001.

    "It amazes me that we can say anything at all about what transpired in the first trillionth of a second of the universe," said Charles Bennett, a Johns Hopkins University physicist who presented the research along with Lyman Page and David Spergel, both of Princeton.

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    so, where'd the marble come from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BAMAPHIN 22
    In that trillionth of a second after the big bang, the universe expanded from the size of a marble to a volume larger than all of observable space through a process known as inflation.

    The exact same thing happened to Al Gore immediately after the 2000 election
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    Quote Originally Posted by zachseau13
    The exact same thing happened to Al Gore immediately after the 2000 election

    To be more accurate, the same thing happened to Al Gores **** afterthe 2000 election :wink:
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    wait, ummmm... you guys complain that so many non-political threads turn into bush bashing, so why be a hypocrite?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PressCoverage
    wait, ummmm... you guys complain that so many non-political threads turn into bush bashing, so why be a hypocrite?
    who is complaining about gore bashing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PressCoverage
    wait, ummmm... you guys complain that so many non-political threads turn into bush bashing, so why be a hypocrite?


    Here i come to save the daaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy
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    Of course, Creationists could/will argue that we are seeing the first trillionth of a second after God willed the universe into being.
    - "What do we mean by the defeat of the enemy? Simply the destruction of his forces, whether by death, injury, or any other means -- either completely or enough to make him stop fighting. . . . ."-Carl von Clausewitz-
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhinPhan1227
    Of course, Creationists could/will argue that we are seeing the first trillionth of a second after God willed the universe into being.
    many have already argued that the big band and creation are the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoFinz
    Here i come to save the daaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    wait, what am i saying?.... hypocrisy is a tried and true tactic of the Bush worshippers... nevermind...
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