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Antarctic scientists investigate Big Bang with balloon

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Cosmologists investigate the Big Bang. Image by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center / CC BY 2.0

Cosmologists in Antarctica have launched a new experiment using a balloon to investigate the Big Bang. Strapped to the balloon are six telescopes known as Spider, or Suborbital Polarimeter for Inflation, Dust and the Epoch of Reionization. The telescopes will circle the continent for 20 days to observe faint microwave radio waves thought to be remnants of the explosion that created the universe 13.8 billion years ago. Read more: nytimes.com