The Universe is Flat

By Keith Cowing
April 27, 2000
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Boomerang's view of a flat universeAccording to a NASA press release, BOOMERANG, an instrument dangled below a balloon over Antarctica, “was able to reveal density patterns in the young universe that are consistent with an inflationary theory of cosmic development. This theory proposes that, in the first moments after the Big Bang, the universe went through a
period of extreme, exponential inflation. The theory further predicts a “flat” geometry for the universe, because the immense stretching of space during
an inflationary period would have removed any initially strong curvature in the smaller and denser early universe.”

Related links:

° Universe proven flat, BBC

° A flat Universe from high-resolution maps of the cosmic microwave
background radiation
, Nature

° Spider-web Sensor Reveals a Flat Universe, NASA JPL

° BOOMERanG Balloon Flight Sees A Flat Universe Filled With Dark Energy, press release, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

° Cosmologists Reveal First Detailed Images of Early Universe, NASA/NSF press release

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