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NSF-funded researchers say Antarctic telescope may have provided the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation and the origins of the universe

Uniquely cold and dry conditions of the atmosphere over Antarctica's polar plateau made the observations possible

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illustration of the B-mode pattern observed with the BICEP2 telescope

The actual B-mode pattern observed with the BICEP2 telescope, with the line segments showing the polarization from different spots on the sky. The red and blue shading shows the degree of clockwise and anti-clockwise twisting of this B-mode pattern.

Credit: BICEP2 Collaboration figure


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sun setting behind BICEP2 and the South Pole Telescope at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

The sun sets behind BICEP2 and the South Pole Telescope at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

Credit: Steffen Richter, BICEP


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The sun sets behind BICEP2 and the South Pole Telescope.

The sun sets behind BICEP2 and the South Pole Telescope.

Credit: Steffen Richter, BICEP COlloaboration


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NSF-funded BICEP2 collaborators announce confirmation of the cosmic inflation, a cataclysmic event that followed a fraction of a second after the Big Bang.

Credit: National Science Foundation


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