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(CNN)   Scientists have detected traces of the earliest light in the universe. "This is the first time we've seen any signal from this early in the Universe, aside from the afterglow of the Big Bang"   ( cnn.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Hydrogen, Big Bang, Universe, Atom, Arizona State University, neutral hydrogen atoms, Deuterium, Industrial Research Organisation  
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2018-03-01 07:32:15 PM  
Actually, the earliest light in the universe was during the Photon Epoch, but the density of the Universe was so high, it was opaque. This is the first visible light.
 
2018-03-01 08:26:55 PM  
What a Big Bang afterglow might look like.

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2018-03-01 08:29:25 PM  

TommyDeuce: What a Big Bang afterglow might look like.

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Oh good grief, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thought that.
 
2018-03-01 09:01:49 PM  
I can't get this straight...
I thought the first light in the universe was red, which your mother put on to indicate her availability for coitus.
 
2018-03-01 09:57:01 PM  
Farside lunar telescope array, get rid of that earth noise!
 
2018-03-01 10:32:34 PM  
And very faintly, echoing throughout the Universe, came a signal scientists had not expected....

"Damn it! Why do I keep screwing up that constant?"
 
2018-03-01 11:03:26 PM  
A Capella Science - The Surface Of Light! (Lion King Parody)
Youtube 2INJiNpZFBI
 
2018-03-01 11:21:35 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Actually, the earliest light in the universe was during the Photon Epoch, but the density of the Universe was so high, it was opaque. This is the first visible light.


Some one watches space time
 
2018-03-01 11:30:42 PM  
If I had PBS space time as a kid I might not have discovered girls.

Society will be strange in 20 years.
 
2018-03-01 11:35:35 PM  
Was it a Motel 6 ?
 
2018-03-01 11:38:35 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: And very faintly, echoing throughout the Universe, came a signal scientists had not expected....

"Damn it! Why do I keep screwing up that constant?"


The greatest discovery in the history of the universe will be when we learn to look beyond the visible, tangible universe and read the code comments.

/God is a lazy programmer
//He forgot to fix a lot of bugs and remove the placeholder constant
 
2018-03-01 11:42:48 PM  
Everclear~ So Much for the Afterglow
Youtube UN371tq2F0M
 
2018-03-01 11:44:49 PM  

recondite cetacean: If I had PBS space time as a kid I might not have discovered girls.

Society will be strange in 20 years.


I'll look into it for my son when he's older. At 2, he's currently obsessed with Ready Jet Go!which is astronomy themed. It actually started with his cousin introducing him to the moon, and it's grown into a major interest in his life. At this rate we'll have an astrophysicist. 

He'll meet girls. The geeky kind. Which is good, 'cause I'm not sure his parents would tolerate any less.
 
2018-03-01 11:58:18 PM  
They haven't. They've looked for it, and found a very different signal from what they expected to find:
https://www.nature.com/articles/natur​e​25792

So, naturally, someone else immediately put forward the helpful hypothesis that this can be explained (away) by "dark matter" interactions (aka magic):
https://www.nature.com/articles/natur​e​25791
 
2018-03-02 01:00:02 AM  
One, two, ONE, two, three, four...
 
2018-03-02 01:00:19 AM  
Wait. I've had a few cocktails, but it says that the first light came after the initial dark period, which was made up of ionized plasma. Doesn't ionized plasma glow? Like, creates photons? Or are they considering light to be only fusion powered photons?

/I'm so confuse
//or the article is
///probably me
 
2018-03-02 01:08:16 AM  

Hawkin: Pointy Tail of Satan: And very faintly, echoing throughout the Universe, came a signal scientists had not expected....

"Damn it! Why do I keep screwing up that constant?"

The greatest discovery in the history of the universe will be when we learn to look beyond the visible, tangible universe and read the code comments.

/God is a lazy programmer
//He forgot to fix a lot of bugs and remove the placeholder constant


Yea, but reality is a biatch to fix once you're in prod.

Then again, the longer you go before you buckle down and just do it, the worse it gets, the backlog of errors and the amount of data impacted... Siiiigh.

May as well refactor while he's in there too, may not get back to it next, might get rid of a lot of artifacts and waste, like dark matter.
 
2018-03-02 01:26:50 AM  

dirkfunk: Wait. I've had a few cocktails, but it says that the first light came after the initial dark period, which was made up of ionized plasma. Doesn't ionized plasma glow? Like, creates photons? Or are they considering light to be only fusion powered photons?

/I'm so confuse
//or the article is
///probably me


The problem was that the Universe was so dense the light had nowhere to go; it got reabsorbed almost immediately by other nearby plasma, and so the Universe was opaque until it became diffuse enough to allow light to properly propagate. Though I'm pretty sure this era started about 300,000 years after the Big Bang, not nearly 200 million like Chicken Noodle News claims (though I stopped reading quickly when I got too lazy to scroll up to mute the video and just closed the tab instead).
 
2018-03-02 06:23:17 AM  

pup.socket: "dark matter" interactions (aka magic):


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2018-03-02 07:54:37 AM  

pup.socket: "dark matter" interactions (aka magic):


Sufficiently advanced technology...indistinguishable from magic...etc...etc..
 
2018-03-02 08:01:14 AM  
so I've heard some people say that it's not so much the edge of hte universe we're seeing, that the universe is actually much MUCH larger, akin to what we think the size of the universe is equal to a grain of sand but where it's actually the size of the beach.

I kind of like that idea.  it's hard for me to get around being able to 'see' the leading edge of the universe wherever we look like we're at the center.  makes me start thinking of the religious and all that crap.
 
2018-03-02 09:59:59 AM  

LewDux: pup.socket: "dark matter" interactions (aka magic):

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2018-03-02 11:45:20 AM  

DORMAMU: PC LOAD LETTER: Actually, the earliest light in the universe was during the Photon Epoch, but the density of the Universe was so high, it was opaque. This is the first visible light.

Some one watches space time


I assume that's a show? I read this on the internet, probably Wikipedia.
 
2018-03-02 11:48:53 AM  

You Are All Sheep: so I've heard some people say that it's not so much the edge of hte universe we're seeing, that the universe is actually much MUCH larger, akin to what we think the size of the universe is equal to a grain of sand but where it's actually the size of the beach.

I kind of like that idea.  it's hard for me to get around being able to 'see' the leading edge of the universe wherever we look like we're at the center.  makes me start thinking of the religious and all that crap.


They way I crudely understand it is like a dot on the outside of a sphere. The dot sees that it is the center of all that is observable no matter what point it is at on the outside of the sphere.
 
2018-03-02 11:09:42 PM  

Quantumbunny: Hawkin: Pointy Tail of Satan: And very faintly, echoing throughout the Universe, came a signal scientists had not expected....

"Damn it! Why do I keep screwing up that constant?"

The greatest discovery in the history of the universe will be when we learn to look beyond the visible, tangible universe and read the code comments.

/God is a lazy programmer
//He forgot to fix a lot of bugs and remove the placeholder constant

Yea, but reality is a biatch to fix once you're in prod.

Then again, the longer you go before you buckle down and just do it, the worse it gets, the backlog of errors and the amount of data impacted... Siiiigh.

May as well refactor while he's in there too, may not get back to it next, might get rid of a lot of artifacts and waste, like dark matter.


Can you imagine the patch notes?

Universe 1.56.33

Altered cosmology to move from geocentric system to heliocentric.
Upgraded planets from 2D discs to 3D spheres.
Added dinosaur fossils to various rock strata to give "lived in" feel.
Removed dragons (complaints about dragons being OP)
Removed unicorns (unresolvable bug: followed virgins constantly)
Added new religions (and removed some deprecated ones)
Removed magic system (temporary while system is upgraded and bugs resolved)
Added porn (to distract from the removal of magic)
 
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