(Fox Weekly) — After weeks of intense anticipation and speculation, astrophysicists have revealed their ‘major discovery’. Scientists say that they have evidence that prove the universe expanded very quickly within microseconds of the Big Bang.
Scientists found these signatures of cosmic inflation are gravitational waves in the cosmic microwave background radiation of our universe. Gravitational waves created by the Big Bang rippled through our infant universe during an explosive period of growth called inflation — when the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times.
Scientists say that the big bang happened about 13.82 billion years ago, as the universe expanded from nothing to the vastness of space as we see it today:
The source of the major announcement came from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “This work offers new insights into some of our most basic questions: Why do we exist? How did the universe begin?,” astrophysicist Avi Loeb. “These results are not only a smoking gun for inflation, they also tell us when inflation took place and how powerful the process was.”
At the big event, scientists say that this big bang discovery is Noble-Prize-worthy research, if confirmed by other researches.
Sources: NASA & Business Insider
Reported by Luis West