Thursday, 20 March 2014

'Wave Hello'

The South Pole’s cold, dry air  
helps telescope Bicep-2
detect enigmatic images

ripples in the fabric of space
triggered by the Big Bang.
Almost nothing expanded

to marble-size, making
significant gravitational waves.
Einstein predicted them.

Scientists  hunted them.
Now, evidence!
A signal in the sky.

Such a strong, swirly
B-mode pattern is a unique
signature; this curl of waves

printed an image of
polarised radiation
across primordial sky.

Galaxies, stars, planets,
everything we see today
was imprinted at that moment

less than a trillionth of a second

indelible evidence
opening a window
into a new regime of physics.

©Sue Norton

'Spectacular' discovery hailed

Sue Norton lives and writes in York.