Big Bang waves is a new discovery that brings with it a greater understanding on how the universe expanded in a fraction of as second after the Big Bang. This latest find also shows that Albert Einstein was a man way ahead of his time. He said they were there and low and behold they are, as MSN News reports on March 18.
Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves in his theory of relativity now has solid evidence. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics explains that the Big Bang waves are ripples in space-time, which are the first tremors of the Big Bang.
The BICEP2 telescope stationed at the South Pole allowed scientist to study and analyze the early universe’s left over polarization of light, which was “critical to the discovery.” The word “inflation” is used by scientists to describe the rapid expansion of the universe after the ripping apart of space by the Big Bang.
Chao-Lin Kuo explains the expansion of the universe in simpler terms. He said imagine a bun filled with raisins. As that bun rises it makes the distance between any given raisins to another raisin greater. Chao-Lin Kuo said:
"Certainly everything in the universe that we see now, at one time before inflation, was smaller than an electron," Irwin said. "And then it expanded during inflation at faster than the speed of light."
While there’s no proof-positive way for science to know exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, this discovery offers scientists the validity that they are moving in the right direction.
For the first time they have detected what was once considered a mythical gravity wave signal. This is something people have searched for long and hard, said Clem Pryke , associate professor at the University of Minnesota.
"These gravitational waves are an aftershock of the Big Bang," said Stanford University professor Andrei Linde, who helped develop the current inflation theory. The first to image these waves directly was the BICEP2 study.