Astrophysicists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center have appeared to discover evidence of Cosmic Inflation.
Cosmic Inflation basically means that the universe is expanding and began to expand about 14 billion years ago after the “Big Bang.” The evidence comes in “B-modes” which are polarizations in the Cosmic Microwave Background.
These were discovered using the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) telescope which is located in Antarctica. The telescope seems to show gravitational waves which indicate expansion of space, time and matter itself.
This all seems complicated, but try to see it as a pond. If you throw a stone at the pond you will see ripples extending outward from the point of impact.
This is pretty much what these astrophysicists spotted. The “ripples” are the gravitational waves expanding space, time and matter just like the ripples in water show the water “expanding” outward, if you will.
We can thank Monsignor George Lemaitre for formulating the “Big Bang Theory.” Many in the atheist community distort the truth by claiming that religion and science are incompatible or that the Catholic Church is opposed to science. Msgr. Lemaitre and countless others in the Catholic Church have shown otherwise. Had it not been for this priest, these astrophysicists would not have been looking for and finding these gravitational waves. Msgr. Lemaitre was President of the Pontifical Academy of Science and contributed much to science and faith.
UPDATE: December 2014
According to a new study which was submitted for peer review suggests that the study conducted last year by BICEP2 was wrong. Apparently, the twists of B-modes which are imprints of gravitational waves of energy were not what the American BICEP2 team thought they were. The B-Mode signal may have been interference from large galaxies. There is also the lensing effect which must be considered. However, the more solid reason for the doubts come from dust that is in the Milky Way. This dust can cause a polarisation pattern like that of B-Modes which may have confused the American physicists into thinking that they were gravitational waves showing expansion at a rapid rate. The quest now continues…