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Posted by John Campbell on March 11, 2003 03:00:23 UTC

2) When the Universe formed due to the theorized "Big Bang" (might as well be a law), particles of matter were nonexistant. Neutrons, protons, and electrons had not even formed yet. All I know is that Quantum foam (I believe this is what it is called) formed. Sometime later, after the Universe cooled enough for particles to form, a large radiation field was "left behind." For lack of a better explanation, "In the past." This radiation field blocks our view of what is "behind" it. As you are looking at your computer screen, imagine it smudged an inch thick with dirt (suppose you are really dirty I guess), this dirt layer prevents you from seeing this text behind it. But, this analogy is not effective, because you can always clean the dirt off, unlike the radiation field present in the Universe. Now suppose you could view behind the radiation field, what would you see? Not very much. The Big Bang happened so fast that really, you would stare into a true void, unlike the interstellar void present between galaxies, which some atoms are present, although extremely sparsely spaced. What fascinates me, is trying to think if I was present after the Universe was, say, 500 000 years old. Peering "back" into the Universe with today's technology wouldn't be so frustratingly hard. Still, I imagine the radiation field would still keep scientists annoyed. I could go on and on, but what's the point? By the way, for those who don't know who I am, it is because I am new here and this is my very first post. I would like to introduce myself as a high school student in Tennessee. I am up to learn what each and every one of you has to tell me.

- John

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