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Thread: More Evidence for the Big Bang

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    Jul 2003

    Post More Evidence for the Big Bang

    Last week's episode started out with a bang... a Big Bang. This week we continue our discussion into the beginning of everything. We present three additional lines of evidence that have led astronomers to the conclusion that our Universe started out as a singularity 13.7 billion years ago, and has been expanding ever since. ...

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    Dec 2004
    singularity, shmingularity.....

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    Sep 2005
    about time too.

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    Oct 2006
    I'm sorry, but this question is bugging me. "If space is infinite, and it expanded from a singularity, then at what point did it become infinite? Was the singularity infinite?"
    If this is a daft question, then it probably shows I don't really understand the Big Bang.
    I love the show - can't wait for the journey home tonight so that I can listen to the latest episode in the car. "Pamela Gay for President of The Universe", I say!

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    Oct 2006

    Questions on the Big Bang Podcasts

    Ok, so I've been listening with enormous interest to the Big Bang episodes and I have two questions. First, the CMB and it's variations. What is the best way to visualize the nature of the variations in the CMB? In my head, I'm seeing it as a sort of topological map of energy levels where some areas in the volume of the universe have higher levels then others. Measuring our own local energy level seems easy enough. How do we 'see' into other volumes? Is a thermodynamic/fluid model totally wrong?

    Second, on the matter of measuring deuterium in stars and comparing them to the expected values from the Big Bang. If stars rapidly consume deuterium and covert it to helium, how is there any deuterium in a star to measure?

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    Sep 2006
    I really liked this episode because you used good examples and ways of thinking about the Big Bang. I especially liked the visualization of time and distance by pushing the reset button and considering how long it would take for us to see light from various objects. I knew that already, but the example made it more concrete. Thank you.

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    Jun 2005
    We hear talk of the Visible part of the Universe. Past that, the expansion of the Universe moves objects (with respect to us) faster than light - so that objects farther than that are red shifted to nothing. What is the minimum size that the entire Universe must be? Will the CMB eventually be red shifted past the edge of the Visible Universe? If so, when?

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    Nov 2006
    The notion that we can't actually "see" to the other end of
    universe because not enough time has elapsed was recently
    raised. I can't quite get a handle on this. Does this mean
    that during the (inflationary) period the universe would have
    been expanding at faster than the speed of light? If no, can
    you explain why the light from the other side wouldn't have
    already reached us. If yes, what "loophole" allows this without
    violating special relativity?

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