popsci.comThe big bang got its name from a man who thought the theory was total nonsenseThe big bang is one of those theories that even the most casual student of science finds familiar and, at least at face value, fairly easy to understand. So it might surprise you to learn that the name of this popular origin story came from a guy who thought the whole idea was total nonsense.
popsci.comAstronomers think they saw a star exploding out of a giant gas bubbleIt appeared as a flash of light on the arm of a distant spiral galaxy. It outshone neighboring stars, an attention-grabbing display of brilliance that peaked after 2.2 days in the sky. Then it was gone, dimming slowly as researchers raced to focus more telescopes on the ephemeral event.