Big astronomy news coming tomorrow

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will host a press conference tomorrow "to announce a major discovery." Caltech physicist Sean Carroll has some pretty fascinating speculation that the news may involve clues about what happened at the very beginning of our universe in the early moments of the Big Bang.

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  1. …you’ve heard the rumor: the BICEP2 experiment has purportedly detected signs of gravitational waves in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation.

    And all this time I thought BICEP2 was just astronomer-speak for Neil Degrasse Tyson's right arm.

  2. I'm hoping for a giant, nebulous object that seems to be slowing down and matching our orbit.

  3. If this is about what happened shortly after the Big Bang, wouldn't that make it old news, just about the oldest possible news?

  4. Mutant Star Goat...we have to build Arks to escape.

  5. I've read too much science fiction.

    My sense-of-wonder lobes have grown acclimated to ever-higher levels of the outlandish and profound. To impress me, scientific discoveries not only have to be large-scale, but dramatic and "meaningful."

    So, when I hear "big astronomy news" I pathetically think of Dyson spheres and the discovery of source code comments encoded into the cosmic background radiation.

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