LOOK AT THIS FRIGGING THING ABOVE ME! it’s a photo of the cosmic microwave background, and the lines are the polarizations measured by the BICEP2 telescope at the south pole.
note how the lines swirl.
This effect is being caused by primordial gravitational waves: gravitational waves which were generated during the INFLATION epoch when the universe was less than a trillionth of a second old.
up until now, no one was sure if Inflation occurred. There was circumstantial evidence in favour of it, but no one was sure. Well we’re pretty sure now! LOOK AT THAT.
this is what we’re talking about in today’s show and it’s SO AWESOME.
AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, THIS IS THE MOST EXCITING BEST EPISODE WE HAVE EVER RECORDED.
Physicists: Katie Mack, Mike Zemcov
Intro Music: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Exit Music: John Vanderslice