Scientists Find Evidence Supporting Big Bang
Additional evidence supporting the Big Bang Theory was announced by a team of scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics on Monday, March 17th.
Scientists in the South Pole used a high-powered telescope called the BICEP2, (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) to detect gravitational waves, which would have likely been left over from a massive cosmic event, such as the Big Bang.
Just as a rock would cause a body of water to ripple when thrown, the team was looking for a ripple in the universe by studying the polarization of light.
The team of astronomers led by John Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, helped show many theories that try to explain the existence of the universe, which begin with the discovery of Albert Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves.
“Detecting this signal is one of the most important goals in cosmology today. A lot of work by a lot of people has led up to this point.” said Kovac
A spokesperson for NASA said that the findings will “not only help confirm that the universe inflated dramatically, by are providing theorists with the first clues about the exotic forces that drove space and time apart.”
After three years of analyzing data gathered from the specific area known as the “Southern Hole” in space, there is now insight. Positive data now shows a deep connection between quantum mechanics and general relativity.
“This is really exciting. We have made the first direct image of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time across the primordial sky, and verified a theory about the creation of the whole universe,” said Chao-Lin Kuo, Assistant Professor of Physics at Stanford and co-leader of the BICEP2 collaboration with John Kovac.
“The South Pole is the closest you can get to space and still be on the ground,” says Kovac, “It’s one of the driest and clearest locations on Earth, perfect for observing the faint microwaves from the Big Bang.”
The four astrologists who are a part of the discovery are Jamie Bock of California Institute of Technology and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, John Kovac of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Chao-Lin Kuo of Stanford University and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and Clem Pryke from the University of Minnesota.
With the discovery, there is also talk of a possible Nobel Peace Prize for the team.