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Astronomers have found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation, the theorized dramatic expansion of the universe that put the "bang" in the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. The find also confirms the existence of gravitational waves.

Major Big Bang Discovery Brings 'Theory of Everything' a Bit Closer to Reality

Cosmic inflation/ BICEP2

Don’t believe in cosmic inflation? You’re not alone, but you’re probably wrong.

Gravitational waves from inflation generate a faint but distinctive twisting pattern in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background, known as a "curl" or B-mode pattern.

Wow! I have not seen a diagram like this one yet. What a GREAT BIG GOD!

Here, feel insignificant for a while...

Here, feel insignificant for a while.Remember when you feel down.You are insignificant to the universe!

We are small

This diagram shows our cosmic address at a glance. We see our planetary system around the Sun, our stellar neighborhood in our galaxy, our galaxy in the local group of galaxies, and our group in the entire universe. Just how small we are!

How big is the universe?   This infographic, designed by Number Sleuth, visualizes the size of the universe and its contents by allowing you to scroll down from the very largest known objects to the smallest and compare their relative sizes. Each row in the graphic represents a “level” and the blue funnel represents you zooming from one level to the next, going from larger to smaller.

Magnifying The Universe - A Giant Infographic. Discover the origin, history, and size of the universe with this large astronomy and science infographic!

Moving masses generate waves of gravitational radiation that stretch and squeeze space-time. <a href="http://www.space.com/25089-how-gravitational-waves-work-infographic.html">See how gravitational waves work in this Space.com infographic</a>.

Einstein's general theory of relativity suggests, among other things, that masses in space distort the geometry of space-time. In addition, moving objects emit waves of gravitational radiation that carry energy away into space

Inflation is the mysterious force that blew up the scale of the infant universe from sub-microscopic to gargantuan in a fraction of a second. See how cosmic inflation theory for the Big Bang and universe's expansion works in this Space.com infographic. Credit: By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

- Major Discovery: 'Smoking Gun' for Universe's Incredible Big Bang Expansion Found

Alternative à la théorie du Big Bang

Nearly 14 billion years ago, due to a random fluctuation in a completely empty void, a universe exploded into existence. Scientists call this the Big Bang theory for the origin of the universe. But there are other theories .

Dark matter

Infographic: What is known about the mysterious dark matter that fills the universe.Possible Dark Matter Signal Spotted.

(Phys.org) —The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein's theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once.

No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein's theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once.

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