In “’Echoes’ of the Big Bang misinterpreted?” (Discovery News, June 15, 2012),
Ray Villard reports that veteran radio astronomer Gerrit Verschuur, of the University of Memphis thinks that the cosmic microwave background may have been misinterpreted:
He proposes that at least some of the fine structure seen in the all-sky plot of the universe’s cosmic microwave background is really the imprint of our local interstellar neighborhood. It has nothing to do with how the universe looked 380,000 years after the Big Bang, but how nearby clouds of cold hydrogen looked a few hundred years ago.
Verschuur is quick to applaud the WMAP team for a “brilliant experiment” to attempt to resolve the structure of the primeval universe as encoded in ancient microwave radiation. But he suggests that the team failed to subtract all the foreground radio phenomena that may have contaminated the data.
Read, and make up your own mind.
It would certainly be news for the many theists in science who have used the Big Bang to anchor teachings about God. But if it turns out to be bad news, it is bad news in the real world. At least it is not frustrating, science-stopping nonsense about multiverses.
See also: Standard Model of physics in trouble?
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