Arguably the most open-minded Pope the Catholics has ever had so far, Pope Francis, who was a chemist before devoting his life to priesthood, frequently made the headlines due to his controversial statements on science. This year, the Argentinian-born Pope, tackled several issues head on – from climate change to the Big Bang theory.
Quasars, also known as supermassive black holes that are the heart of proportionally supermassive galaxies, have always been an elusive part of astronomers’ pursuit of understanding the universe and its past. New findings from a team in Carnegie just unearthed 63 new quasars that are from a time when the currently 14-year-old universe was still young and fledging at just one billion years old.
A new computer model for the origin of the universe lends credence to the idea that the Big Bang was actually more of a Big Bounce. That is, the universe undergoes a neverending cycle of contraction and expansion.
Scientists have said that LIGO's first detection of gravitational waves from two merging black holes is 12 billion years in the making, and there will be thousands of collisions to occur in the future.