Gravitational lensing mystery

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    Oct 20, 2013 10:51 PM GMT

    "Researchers have discovered a subtle twist in the primeval light that formed shortly after the universe came into being. They hope it can reveal new secrets about the moments after the Big Bang. Researchers had already detected this polarized light in one pattern, known as "electric" or E-mode polarization. But using the South Pole Telescope in Antarctica and the European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory, researchers for the first time detected polarized light from the CMB in the "magnetic" or B-mode. During inflation, the idea goes, the universe expanded faster than the speed of light, doubling in size 100 times or more in just a few tiny fractions of a second. (Einstein's theory of special relativity holds that no information or matter can travel faster than light through space, but this rule does not apply to inflation, which was an expansion of space itself.)"
  • conservativej...

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    Oct 21, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    I should go back and review, but it seems to me that the current recession rate -- the rate at which new space is being created -- is around 77km/sec per parsec, a parsec being around 3 light-years. (Actually somewhat more.) This rate would be radically less than the rate of a Big Bang event or whatever your favorite theory might be.

    Always interesting. Einstein's theory is not violated because nothing is being transmited through the new space greater than the speed of light. The new space is 'moving' light in its creation.