Scientists have found direct evidence supporting the Big Bang "theory". (Did you know? The term "big bang" was coined by a detractor of the theory, Fred Hoyle, who was trying to belittle the scientists rallying behind it.)
Physicists announced Thursday that they now have the smoking gun that shows the universe went through extremely rapid expansion in the moments after the big bang, growing from the size of a marble to a volume larger than all of observable space in less than a trillion-trillionth of a second.And the longer you read, the more confusing it gets. Sort of like George Bush when he tries to read... well... basically anything that doesn't pop-up. But to scientists, it's amazing. And if we could understand, I bet it would be amazing to us as well.
The discovery -- which involves an analysis of variations in the brightness of microwave radiation -- is the first direct evidence to support the two-decade-old theory that the universe went through what is called inflation.
It also helps explain how matter eventually clumped together into planets, stars and galaxies in a universe that began as a remarkably smooth, superhot soup.
"It's giving us our first clues about how inflation took place," said Michael Turner, assistant director for mathematics and physical sciences at the National Science Foundation. "This is absolutely amazing."
But since I don't understand everything they're saying, I refuse to trust anything they say. Therefore the most logical conclusion is for me to stick with my noodliest of noodly supreme being, Flying Spaghetti Monster. Thank you, FSM, for giving my species life. I may never meet You, but I shall aspire to follow Your teachings and kill anyone who opposes You.
By the by – the picture to your right is an actual photograph of The Majestic Sombrero Galaxy, (and yes, that is its actual name). Do yourself a favor and go to the Hubble Telescope photo gallery and look around. (Did you know? Edwin Hubble was the first person to show that galaxies exist outside of our own.) The wonders of the universe are beyond one's imagination. Then ask yourself if space exploration is a waste of time and money.