Breakthrough in big bang theory

Scientists are celebrating following the discovery of new evidence which could help shed light on the origins of the universe.

This groundbreaking discovery shows that the cosmos grew exponentially and dramatically following the big bang. This all happened within the first trillionth, of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second of its life. This theory of dramatic expansion is known as ‘Cosmic Inflation’ and researchers believe they have found the signal left over by this process..

These signals known as B-modes have been discovered in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB – a slight glow left over by the big bang), and it is the B-modes which scientists have been searching for.

Mashable sheds some light on this: “The smoking gun is a type of polarization in the CMB known as B-modes. The spectacular expansion of the universe during inflation produced gravitational waves, which, in turn, generated the B-modes, according to the theory”.

There will be a lot of discourse to follow but scientists are convinced they have got it right.

Sources: BBC (including image). Mashable


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