The beginning of the universe, for beginners - Tom Whyntie
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Here is a selection of resources on understanding the origins of the universe:
The Large Hadron Collider’s experiments have been very busy trying to understand the origins of the universe. You can read more on CERN’s webpage here. The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment also has a handy biography of our universe, and (if you’ve got the right ingredients) a recipe for making your own.
The most powerful evidence backing up our current theories of how the universe began come from astrophysical measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The recent results from the ESA/NASA Planck spacecraft are explained by Professor Ed Copeland in this video.
If you can’t recreate the universe in a real laboratory, can you try in the virtual laboratory? In this video, cosmologist Dr Andrew Pontzen explains how you can simulate a galaxy using a computer (well, lots of computers).
In case you were wondering how the Large Hadron Collider is like the Planck spacecraft, Dr Pontzen and Dr Whyntie explain it all in this video.
Here's a great animation about cosmic rays.
Here's an article about subatomic particles.
This animation has been translated to French. Thank you Hugo Wagner (Translator) and Sadia Ramsahye (Reviewer).
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