Gravitational Waves From The Big Bang Have Been Discovered
We wrote last week that a major discovery would be announced today and, as many had theorized, the announcement centered around the detection of a phenomenon that, until now, had only been theorized. A team based out of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CFA) announced just minutes ago that they had found evidence of gravitational waves that will shed light on our universe's creation.
Primordial gravitational waves are one of the last unproven components of Einstein's theory of relativity, but now, thanks to information received by the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) telescope in Antarctica, the team led by Professor John Kovac believe they have discovered the first signs of this mysterious phenomena.
Many experts believe that the discovery of these waves proves right the astrophysical theory of inflation, which hypothesizes that the universe expanded faster than the speed of light during the first few seconds of its creation. With this rapid expansion came cosmic ripples known as gravitational waves. This theory of universe formation would explain the baffling uniformity of the massive expanse that is space and also provides an answer to one of the greatest riddles in cosmology.
If you need convincing of the magnitude of this discovery, just look at the video above in which the first person to propose Inflation Theory, Professor Andrei Linde, is told the news. If you're still not convinced, the fact that the team who has made this discovery will almost certainly receive a Nobel prize should finish the job.