• Question: When was the Big Bang?

    Asked by sgrover to Amy, Drew, Sara on 23 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Amy MacQueen

      Amy MacQueen answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Hi sgrover!

      Most physicists will tell you that the Big Bang took place around 13.7 billion years ago.
      Someone else asked how it could have happened and for more details about it…I’ll give you the link here – https://calciumj11.imascientist.org.uk/2011/06/what-caused-the-big-bang


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      Sara Imari Walker answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Hi sgrover! The Big Bang happened 13.75 billion years ago! We have such a precision measurement for many reasons. The best evidence we have for the Big Bang is something we call the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. Its a bath of photons (particles of light) with a temperature of around 2.7 kelvin (that’s pretty cold!). These photons have energies in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The universe is literally bathed in these relics from the Big Bang! They can even contribute to the static on old tv sets – imagine Big Bang static on you tv!!! Early on in the history of the universe the CMB photons were much much more energetic as the universe used to be a lot hotter! Especially as we get closer and closer to the Big Bang. As the universe has expanded it has cooled and the CMB has cooled with it. We use some clever physics and the CMB’s temperature to trace back when in time the Big Bang occurred! Pretty cool!!

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      Drew Rae answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Hi Sgrover. With answers as detailed as that, aren’t you sorry Sara got voted off? I am.