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What's This Big Bang All About?


In1927,anastronomernamedGeorgesLematrehadabigidea.Hesaidthataverylongtime
ago,theuniversestartedasjustasinglepoint.Hesaidtheuniversestretchedandexpandedto
getasbigasitisnow,andthatitcouldkeeponstretching.

What an Idea!
Theuniverseisaverybigplace,anditsbeenaroundforaverylongtime.Thinkingabouthowit
allstartedishardtoimagine.

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Justtwoyearslater,anastronomernamedEdwinHubblenoticedthatothergalaxieswere
movingawayfromus.Andthatsnotall.Thefarthestgalaxiesweremovingfasterthantheones
closetous.
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Thismeantthattheuniversewasstillexpanding,justlikeLematrethought.Ifthingswere
movingapart,itmeantthatlongago,everythinghadbeenclosetogether.
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Everythingwecanseeinouruniversetodaystars,planets,comets,asteroidstheyweren't
thereatthebeginning.Wheredidtheycomefrom?

A Tiny, Hot Beginning


Whentheuniversebegan,itwasjusthot,tinyparticlesmixedwithlightandenergy.Itwas
nothinglikewhatweseenow.Aseverythingexpandedandtookupmorespace,itcooleddown.
Thetinyparticlesgroupedtogether.Theyformedatoms.Thenthoseatomsgroupedtogether.
Overlotsoftime,atomscametogethertoformstarsandgalaxies.
Thefirststarscreatedbiggeratomsandgroupsofatomscalledmolecules.Thatledtomorestars
beingborn.Atthesametime,galaxieswerecrashingandgroupingtogether.Asnewstarswere
beingbornanddying,thenthingslikeasteroids,comets,planets,andblackholesformed!
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A Super Long Time


Howlongdidallofthistake?Well,wenowknowthattheuniverseis13,800,000,000yearsold
thats13.8billion.Thatisaverylongtime.

What's in a Name?
Thatsprettymuchhowtheuniversebegan.Becauseitgotsobigandledtosuchgreatthings,
somepeoplecallitthe"BigBang."Butmaybeabetternamewouldbethe"Everywhere
Stretch."Whatdoyouthink?

articlelastupdatedOctober12,2016

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