Friday, November 16, 2007

Big Bang or Big Goof? Astronomer Challenges 'Seeds' Proof

Verschuur's research asserts that the seeds are not located on the edge of the universe at all. Rather, he says, the so-called seeds are very nearby: They're just previously unmapped clouds of "neutral hydrogen" gas located inside the Milky Way. In other words, astronomers who mistook the "seeds" for objects on the edge of the universe are like someone who looks outdoors through a window and mistakes smudges on the glass for clouds in the sky.

"Smoot said he saw the face of God. All I can say is, God lives in our neighborhood," Verschuur joked.

(Via The Anomalist.)

The Creationist crowd is going to love that remark.

1 comment:

wintermuse x9 said...

I suspect the joke will end up being on Verschuur--preliminary measurements of the original COBE and WMAP data have already been done and double-checked, although extensive statistical analyses will have to be done to confirm the original findings, but I think Verschuur will turn out to be incorrect.