Cosmic Inflation & Gravitational Waves: Complete Coverage of Major Discovery – the ‘Smoking Gun’ for Universe’s Incredible Big Bang Expansion

Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments

Source: Space.com

On March 17, 2014 scientists announced the first direct detection of the cosmic inflation behind the rapid expansion of the universe just a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. A key piece of the discovery is the evidence of gravitational waves, a long-sought cosmic phenomenon that has eluded astronomers until now.

Main Story: Major Discovery: ‘Smoking Gun’ for Universe’s Incredible Big Bang Expansion Found
Astronomers have found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation, the theorized dramatic expansion of the universe that put the “bang” in the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, new research suggests. [Photos and Images: Cosmic inflation and gravitational wave discovery illustrated]


Scroll down to see Space.com’s complete coverage of the major discovery on cosmic inflation and the history of the universe:

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Big Bang Gravity Waves Discovered  
Evidence that the universe rapidly expanded in its first few nanoseconds has been found by an instrument in Antarctica: Gravitational waves, which have long eluded astronomers, were spotted, supporting this cosmic inflation model.

Cosmic Inflation: How It Gave the Universe the Ultimate Kickstart (Infographic)
See how gravitational waves and cosmic inflation theory work in this Space.com infographic.

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