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Re: Question about inflation theory

Subject: Re: Question about inflation theory
From: "George"
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 23:19:00 GMT
Newsgroups: sci.astro
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> Dear George:
> "George" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
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>> Recently, new results were released from NASA's
>> Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)
>> satellite, launched in 2001 to measure the
>> temperature of radiant heat left over from the Big
>> Bang, which is the theoretical beginning to the
>> universe.  The new WMAP observations,
>> announced at a NASA press conference today,
>> reveal what the universe was like in the first
>> trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. From
>> the microwave background, researchers
>> teased out a new signal called the "polarization
>> signal."  According to the conclusions of this
>> report, during this growth spurt, a tiny region,
>> likely no larger than a marble, grew in a trillionth of a second to 
>> become larger than
>> the visible universe.
> "... a trillion trillionth of a second"
>> Well, I'm confused.  According to Einstein nothing
>> can travel faster than the speed of light.
> Right.  You can't apply enough energy to an object to get anywhere near 
> c.

What about a photon? Doesn't it move at the speed of light?

>> If that is true, how is it that the universe
>> expanded from the size of a marble to
>> something large than the visible universe in
>> a trillionth of a second?
> No explosion.  No energy required.  No massive particles involved (since 
> none of the "four forces" had congealed yet).  Simply an adjustment in 
> the distance between all "bits" of energy.
>>  I'm neither an astrophysicist nor a physicist, which is why I'm asking 
>> this question here.  And please
>> be kind, as my calculus is a little rusty these days.
>> Any thoughts?
> It is what the data points to, couched in the Standard Model. Stay tuned! 
> More sights to be revealed.
> I'd vote for Ernest Wittke building another EinsteinHoax page.
> David A. Smith

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