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The Universe as an Egg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chuck Wood   
Monday, 30 November 2009 11:07

image of cosmic radiation backgroundI don't know in what class this image might be used (perhaps in writing, as inspiration for an essay?) but it is a fascinating look back at the beginning of existence. The map projection used makes all of the sky look like an egg, and the colors make me think of an Easter egg - fittingly, for since the Big Bang, stars ultimately were made, destroyed and rebirthed many times.

The pinks and the blues represent radiation left over from the Big Bang about 14.5 billion years ago. This was before stars, planets, galaxies or even atoms formed. This is the birth of everything, with all the future stemming from these wisps of clumped radiation. Was all of the future predetermined by the nature and distribution of the elements created in the big bang? Were stars and galaxies inevitable or could a universe of nothingness have occurred? Was my 1973 VW camper programmed to exist billions of years later?

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2009 11:19