Thursday, January 14, 2010

Let there be Light. Our Universe 13.7 Billion Years ago....

"The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the earliest image yet of the universe -- just 600 million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was just a toddler.
Scientists released the photo yesterday at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. It's the most complete picture of the early universe so far, showing galaxies with stars that are already hundreds of millions of years old, along with the unmistakable primordial signs of the first cluster of stars." ....
Actually, you can see, after a fashion, farther back in the comfort of our own home, if you have a TV with the older picture tube (not an LCD or a plasma set). Cut the set on to an unused channel (you may have to disconnect the cable input), and look at the static on the screen. About 10% of that static is caused by radiation emitted about 379,000 years after Creation during a period called The Recombination (This is when God actually said "Let there be light!"). The radiation was originally an orange-colored light, but space has expanded by a factor of over a thousand over the 13.7 billion years since then, thus stretching the orange light wavelengths a thousand times, changing them into the microwaves that react with the old-style television tube."

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