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May 11 2013

Resolving the Radio Background of the Universe


Heinrich Olber asked in the early 19th century, why, if the universe was static and infinite, was the night sky dark? Nowadays we know that the universe had a beginning in the Big Bang and has been expanding ever since, making Olberís Paradox a bit of a moot point. However, the night sky isnít completely dark, as there is a faint background light in all directions and in all wavelengths. Astronomers using the newly revamped Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico, have resolved one component of this ever present sky glow ó the radio background.

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