Although the scientists supporting the Big Bang Theory say that it’s highly reliable, several pieces of the puzzle are missing that many would like to unravel. One of the questions is what happened during the first milliseconds of the ‘bang’, when the singularity that had infinite energy just began to develop.
To find the answer to such a huge conundrum, NASA prepares a new scientific toy to look deep into the Cosmos. Cnet.com brings us the amazing news of the SPHEREx (Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer) telescope, a gadget that NASA has announced for the future of space exploration.
The launching will occur between 2024 and 2025
The telescope is currently in the project phase, and it shall be the size of a ‘subcompact car’. NASA also informs us that the gadget will “map the entire sky four times, creating a massive database of stars, galaxies, nebulas (clouds of gas and dust in space), and many other celestial objects.”
As weird as it may sound for those unfamiliarized with astronomy, the future telescope will have the priority to search for evidence of what NASA says that “might have happened less than a billionth of a billionth of a second after the big bang.”
The galaxies, stars, planets, comets, asteroids, and everything else that exists in the Universe – even space and time themselves – were once compressed into a smaller portion than the tip of a needle. What existed before and why the singularity started to expand in the first place are huge mysteries for science that astrophysicists hope to unravel one day.
The golden age of space exploration continues, and we should consider ourselves privileged to be living during these times. The Universe is waiting to uncover its secrets to us.