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18 March 2014 @ 04:16 pm
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Photo by BICEP2 Collaboration

There is HUGE news in astronomy this week. Astronomers and physicists have been on the hunt for an image like this one for about 20 years, and the team who finally took it is a shoe-in for the Nobel Prize in physics. So what is it all about? Most news articles I've read have been either wrong or have grossly oversimplified the meaning of the image. Others are too technical and difficult for the general public. I finally found a blog post by astronomer Phil Plait where he explains what you're seeing correctly without oversimplifying it. Take a read:

Cosmic News: Astronomers Find the Twisted Fingerprints of Inflation in the Background Glow of the Universe.

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jsammy on March 18th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
Hi. read a big Wash Post article, starting with the front page. I was lost before halfway in. I was going to have you explain it to me. I'll read this article and see if it is any better. The Post had this picture above with the two diagrams they superimposed to get it.
Love, Mom
astrogeek01astrogeek01 on March 18th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
I tried to write something about it and it devolved into BLARLKAGLHFELKCACAOMGGGGGGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFREEEEAAAAKINGGGGGGCOOOOOOOOOOL

So it's good that Phil has written something.
rubyelfrubyelf on March 18th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
I've read quite a few articles on it and the implications for ongoing research are just stunning...
Amoretteamorette on March 18th, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
Oh God. I read it and it went completely over my head. I mean, I understood most of it, but not in the way someone who studies this obviously would.

Thanks for the interesting article! These things are always so fascinating.

Is this the type of thing Sheldon from Big Bang does? ;P
Bloody Jack Flintrhye on March 27th, 2014 02:29 am (UTC)
I don't watch that show so I don't really know, sorry!
Julie: DW ★ tattooed with hope and painragnarok_08 on March 19th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC)
That is definitely interesting.
night_owl_9night_owl_9 on March 19th, 2014 02:02 am (UTC)
Fascinating!
mirax on March 19th, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)
Matt and I both read this and thought it was a great read. Thanks for linking to it!
not_hathor: Cassiopia Nebulanot_hathor on March 19th, 2014 03:06 pm (UTC)
This is so COOOOOLLLLLLLL!!!!!!