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Scientists observe supermassive black hole in infant universe

…in MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. “It has an extremely high mass, and yet the universe is so young that this thing shouldn’t exist. The universe was…

3 Questions: Alan Guth on new insights into the ‘Big Bang’

…aftermath of the bang. The universe was already hot and dense, and already expanding at a fantastic rate. The theory described how the universe was cooled by the expansion, and…

Alan Guth wins 2014 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

Universe. According to this theory, very soon after our universe came into existence it underwent a short-lived phase of exponential expansion. During this brief period the universe expanded by a…

MIT Physics News Spotlight: Frebel named rising star by Astronomy Magazine

…very fortunate that my inital passion indeed led me to become a professional astronomer and that my work centers around the oldest stars in the universe,” she says. “I use…

Ripple Effect: Gravitational Waves Begin to Reveal a Hidden Universe

universe’s most violent events—from neutron star and binary black hole mergers, to supernova explosions and even the Big Bang itself—should be revealed by the tell-tale gravitational waves they produce. The…

What happened after the lights came on in the universe?

after the Big Bang, through the ignition of stars and galaxies throughout the universe. These first brilliant objects flooded the universe with ultraviolet light that split or ionized all the…

Could gravitational waves reveal how fast our universe is expanding?

Since it first exploded into existence 13.8 billion years ago, the universe has been expanding, dragging along with it hundreds of billions of galaxies and stars, much like raisins in…

Anna Frebel is searching the stars for clues to the universe’s origins

…She chose to focus her studies on a then-fledgling field: the search for the universe’s oldest stars. It’s believed that, immediately after the Big Bang exploded the universe into existence,…

The universe in a cube

for certain observed features of the universe. These features include the frequency with which galaxies of different shapes occur in the universe, as well as the preponderance of certain elements…

Guth Alan H.

…about the history of the universe, and what can cosmology tell us about the fundamental laws of nature? In 1981 he proposed that many features of our universe, including how…