A team of astronomers released what’s being called a monumental discovery this week about the origins of the universe. Using telescopes at the South Pole, scientists discovered gravitational waves they say prove that the universe expanded rapidly, less than a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. Scientists are calling the discovery “smoking gun” evidence of a theory known as inflation that experts have been trying to prove for 35 years. We look at the discovery and its significance for science.
Andrew Fraknoi, chair of the Astronomy Program at Foothill College
Chao-Lin Kuo, assistant physics professor at Stanford University
Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University; author of "The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos" and "The Elegant Universe;" and co-founder of the World Science Festival and WorldScienceU
Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch professor of physics at Stanford University and author of "The Black Hole War" and "The Cosmic Landscape"