5 Facts You Probably Don't Know About the Cosmic Microwave Background

“Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation, but you can’t construct a doctrine of creation without taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary character of cosmic history.” –John Polkinghorne Out there in space, whether we look with our eyes or with a telescope — a far more … Read more5 Facts You Probably Don't Know About the Cosmic Microwave Background

What is the Big Bang all about?

“Twinkle, twinkle, quasi-star Biggest puzzle from afar How unlike the other ones Brighter than a billion suns Twinkle, twinkle, quasi-star How I wonder what you are.” –George Gamow The Big Bang is one of the greatest, revolutionary ideas in all of modern science, but it’s also one of the most successful ideas as far as … Read moreWhat is the Big Bang all about?

What is dark energy?

“Because dark energy makes up about 70 percent of the content of the universe, it dominates over the matter content. That means dark energy will govern expansion and, ultimately, determine the fate of the universe.” –Eric Linder It’s been a while since we’ve spoken about dark energy, and we were just talking about Einstein’s greatest … Read moreWhat is dark energy?

The Science of the Cosmic Microwave Background

“The radiation left over from the Big Bang is the same as that in your microwave oven but very much less powerful. It would heat your pizza only to -271.3°C, not much good for defrosting the pizza, let alone cooking it.” –Stephen Hawking One of the most powerful predictions of the Big Bang — the … Read moreThe Science of the Cosmic Microwave Background

What The Entire Universe Is Made Of, Thanks to Planck!

“Much later, when I discussed the problem with Einstein, he remarked that the introduction of the cosmological term was the biggest blunder he ever made in his life. But this “blunder,” rejected by Einstein, is still sometimes used by cosmologists even today, and the cosmological constant denoted by the Greek letter Λ rears its ugly … Read moreWhat The Entire Universe Is Made Of, Thanks to Planck!

What Everyone Should Know about the Universe on the eve of Planck

“Scientific discovery and scientific knowledge have been achieved only by those who have gone in pursuit of it without any practical purpose whatsoever in view.” –Max Planck Tomorrow morning, at 8 AM my time, the press conference that cosmologists have spent the past decade waiting for will finally happen, and the Planck satellite — the … Read moreWhat Everyone Should Know about the Universe on the eve of Planck

The Halloween Horror of the Dark Universe!

“A cosmic mystery of immense proportions, once seemingly on the verge of solution, has deepened and left astronomers and astrophysicists more baffled than ever. The crux … is that the vast majority of the mass of the universe seems to be missing.” –William J. Broad Despite the wondrous, luminous sights of the night sky, we’ve … Read moreThe Halloween Horror of the Dark Universe!

Why I am a liar straight from the pit of hell

“It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but five billion years to make man!” –George Gamow Earlier today, a video (from last month) was released where one of the members of the US House of Representative — a member who sits … Read moreWhy I am a liar straight from the pit of hell