Astronomers detect signal from the early universe

New research has allowed scientists to detect waves from the early days of the universe.
By Joseph Scalise | Mar 05, 2018
For the first time in history researchers have managed to detect a signal from stars that came about in the early days of the universe some 14 billion years ago.

In the new study, astronomers from Arizona State University used a radio antenna to analyze primordial suns that, according to research, first shone roughly 180 million years after the universe came into existence. Such a discovery is rare, as scientists have never been able to glimpse that far back into the history of space.

"Finding this minuscule signal has opened a new window on the early universe," said lead author Judd Bowman, an astronomer at Arizona State University, according toUSA Today.

Though telescopes are not able to see far enough to view ancient stars in great detail, the bodies can be detected by the faint radio waves they used to emit. The team tracked such waves by setting their equipment out in the remote Western Australian desert and then monitoring the sky.

In addition the signals, researchers also found evidence of cold temperatures and an unusually pronounced wave. As a result, they believe there is also evidence of dark matter, which is one of the most mysterious substances in the universe.

This finding is the culmination of 12 years of work, but more study has to be done to learn about the early days of the universe. While this is a step in the right direction, the team plans to further investigate the signals to see what else they can uncover.

"This is the very beginning of a very long journey,"said Keith Bannister, an astronomer at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization who was not involved in the research, according to CNN."There's been a lot of work to prepare for this point and now its been confirmed, everyone gets excited and more work will happen.There's a whole bunch of different times in the universe which are still inaccessible to use with our current telescopes ... there's a lot more to explore."


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