Cosmology

Why Inflation Didn’t Get the Same Hype as the Higgs

by Shannon Hall April 24, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Last month astronomers provided evidence that the universe underwent a brief but stupendous expansion at the very beginning of time. It was a landmark discovery. And while the media worldwide gleamed with fantastical headlines, I’m left overwhelmed with the feeling that […]

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Watch: New Documentary Follows the Hunt for Gravitational Waves

by Nancy Atkinson April 21, 2014

A newly released documentary brings you behind the scenes in the hunt for gravitational waves. The 20-minute film, called “LIGO, A Passion for Understanding,” follows the scientists working to create one of the most powerful scientific tools ever made: the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories (LIGO). You can watch the documentary above. Remove this ad Nancy […]

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Watch Live Webcast: Secrets of the Universe’s First Light

by Nancy Atkinson April 18, 2014

Just a month ago came the news of the first direct evidence of primordial gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — providing the first direct evidence the Universe underwent a brief but stupendously accelerated expansion immediately following the Big Bang. This almost unimaginably fast expansion when the Universe was only a trillionth […]

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We’ve Discovered Inflation! Now What?

by Brian Koberlein March 17, 2014

Days like these make being an astrophysicist interesting.  On the one hand, there is the annoucement of BICEP2 that the long-suspected theory of an inflationary big bang is actually true.  It’s the type of discovery that makes you want to grab random people off the street and tell them what an amazing thing the Universe […]

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That Moment When the “Father of Inflation” Learns of the Detection of Gravitational Waves

by Nancy Atkinson March 17, 2014

Andrei Linde, a professor in the Department of Physics at Stanford University, is one of the main authors of the inflationary universe theory, that the universe underwent a brief but remarkably accelerated expansion immediately following the Big Bang. Today, scientists announced that they’ve found direct evidence of primordial gravitational waves, which would provide a “smoking […]

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