OT: Major Space Discovery

Submitted by The Geek on March 17th, 2014 at 1:55 PM

The Board discussed this last week (HERE).

Researchers believe they discovered the signal in space that must have occurred just fractions of a second after the Big Bang.

The New York Times has an in-depth piece about the theory and  the BICEP2 team on the South Pole "seeing" the radio waves dating 13.8 billion years ago.

Dr. Alan Guth is credited with the theory of "inflation," which explains why the universe expanded so quickly and uniformly. The idea that the cosmos experienced an exponential growth spurt in its first trillionth, of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second would seem to be confirmed by this discovery.

 

Comments

drewz05

March 17th, 2014 at 4:29 PM ^

In general, meeting an alien race does not end well for mankind, although the species seems to always (sometimes barely) survive insurmountable odds at the end.  Personally I'd be quite happy with 0 contact between us and extraterrestrials for the rest of my life.

GoWings2008

March 17th, 2014 at 3:22 PM ^

I was having an acceptable Monday afternoon.  Following a less-than-stellar night's sleep, I've recovered pretty well and looking forward to a nice afternoon.  BUT, then you remind me of how much I miss Stroh's beer and the whole day is shot.

Thanks a lot, ass. 

TruBluMich

March 17th, 2014 at 2:05 PM ^

They can see a radio frequency from 13.8 trillion years ago that originated from who knows how far away but they can't find a 777 plane here on earth.

Mr. Yost

March 17th, 2014 at 2:07 PM ^

In English what are you saying?

Joking. But no seriously, but us ignorant folks. What does this mean and why is it a big deal?

This doesn't sound like any of the things mentioned in the post from last week.

GoWings2008

March 17th, 2014 at 2:10 PM ^

like we had all this information last week.  Last week, it was just an announcement, I think, that THIS announcement was coming today.  I compare it to a commercial break early during the prime time evening...."A story that could SAVE YOUR LIFE...tune in at 11."