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November 4, 2012

First Light

Light From Universe's First Stars Seen Astronomers have spotted light from the very first stars in the universe,
which are almost as old as time itself. Shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, the universe cooled enough to let atoms form, which eventually clumped together to create the first stars. Ever since these stars ignited, their light has been filling the universe, creating a pervasive glow throughout space that each successive generation of stars adds to.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 4, 2012 7:45 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Astronomy is nowhere near exciting as it used to be in the space-racing last half of the 20th century.

Posted by: Fearless Ferenc at November 4, 2012 8:21 AM

Agree with *yawn*. I'm waiting until someone explains convincingly what made the Big Bang go bang, and what it was that went bang.

Posted by: BillH at November 4, 2012 9:11 AM

Obama will say "I built that."

Posted by: Peccable at November 4, 2012 9:16 AM

The Big Bang never happened.

Read Halton Arp's book "Seeing Red" for proof.

BTW, what was Arp's reward for his efforts? He lost tenure at Cal Tech, lost his time at ANY telescope and ended up in Europe at the Max Plank Institute because no American University wanted anything to do with such an iconoclast.

Dan Kurt

Posted by: Dan Kurt at November 4, 2012 11:41 AM

The caption for this picture should be:

"And God said: "Let there be light", and there was light."

Posted by: Fat Man at November 4, 2012 11:51 AM

Fat Man - Oh, so that's what made the Big Bang go bang. I look forward to someone providing a more convincing explanation; I should live so long.

Posted by: BillH at November 4, 2012 1:52 PM

One of the great physicist from the 1920's wrote that he didn't understand the paranoia of scientists that led them to believe their ideas were going to be stolen, because he couldn't give his away; that he could be certain he was onto something only when a feeling of terror overtook him.

Posted by: james wilson at November 4, 2012 3:37 PM

South Park creator Trey Parker:

"All the religions are super funny to me," Parker said. "The story of Jesus makes no sense to me. God sent his only son. Why could God only have one son and why would he have to die? It's just bad writing, really. And it's really terrible in about the second act."
But Parker says atheism is more ludicrous to him than anything else.
"Out of all the ridiculous religion stories -- which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculous -- the silliest one I've ever heard is, 'Yeah, there's this big, giant universe and it's expanding and it's all going to collapse on itself and we're all just here, just 'cuz. Just 'cuz. That to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever," he says.

Posted by: Banned Name at November 4, 2012 4:09 PM

For us there is lightning followed closely by thunder. Perhaps from the divine perspective, God is just now saying, "hey, what was that bang?"

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at November 4, 2012 7:17 PM

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