Physics

This thing is -270°C and is EVERYWHERE

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The universe is microwaving itself. A mystery signal discovered in the 1960s led to a Nobel prize.

In this video, Dianna explores one of the most mysterious discoveries in physics – a constant microwave signal that seemed to be coming from everywhere in the universe. It turned out to be light from an unusual process 13.8 billion years ago.

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Creator/Host: Dianna Cowern
Editor: Levi Butner
Writing: Valerie Bentivegna
Research/Copy Editing: Dianna Cowern

Sources:
Temperature and wavelength of original CMB:
http://www.astro.uvic.ca/~jwillis/teaching/astr405/astr405_lecture3.pdf
http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~ryden/ast162_9/notes39.html
ESA Planck References:
http://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Planck
NASA WMAP Reference:
https://map.gsfc.nasa.gov
Interview with John G. Cramer (via email)
https://kipac.stanford.edu/highlights/understanding-dark-energy-through-cmb-observations
Nobel prize photo – Alexander Mahmoud 2018
https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/200207/history.cfm

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