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Big Bang waves: Evidence of 14 billion-year-old event discovered at South Pole

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A telescope at the South Pole detected Big Bang waves. The new evidence was discovered by the BICEP2 (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization 2) telescope. According to CNN on Mar. 18, this could indicate an event that occurred nearly 14 billion years ago.

These are essentially ripples in space-time, which have been thought of as the 'first tremors of the Big Bang,' according to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Big Bang waves show evidence that our universe expanded rapidly a trillionth of a second after the event occurred. This is what scientists call "inflation." This inflation represents the "bang" part of the Big Bang and helps to explain why there are so many things found in our universe. And it is possible that inflation can explain theories of multiple universes.

The Big Bang waves found indicate direct evidence of Gravitational Waves, an important part of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Another interesting point is that space-time can expand faster than the speed of light. For now, other scientists, such as David Spergel, professor of astrophysics at Princeton University, are waiting for confirmation of this evidence before confirming Einstein's theory.

'I am looking forward to seeing these results confirmed or refuted by other experiments in the next year or two,' Spergel said.

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