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   Here’s Popular Science at work in a snazzy, apparently newly designed format¹.

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   One topic: how the Big Bang got going.

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   We’ll show you the whole 2 paragraphs if you go for more through the DOOR.

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   [Here’s the whole thing. We’ll add comments latter.]

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   The Big Bang wasn’t a solitary explosion that ended in a minute: It was a long, simmering process that, over the millennia, led to the birth of the universe as we know it. In the very first moments, astrophysicists suspect there was a period of hyper-rapid expansion–possibly faster than the speed of light. That began around 13.8 billion years ago, and ultimately created the cosmic soup that molded the stars, planets, and human existence.

   After that initial burst, scientists think the universe was the size of a grapefruit–incredibly dense, hot, and energetic. Unexplained forces caused it to swell more, and it eventually stretched into a fog of particles. If you were viewing this like a movie, you’d see light emerge about 380,000 years in; fast forward a little, and you’d glimpse the birth of galaxies, forming and spiraling under the influence of gravity. Keep watching, and you’d notice the starry swirls moving farther and farther apart. That’s because the universe we’ve studied–with all of space and time–is still growing. The Big Bang rages on¹.

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   Notice several things:

   (1)  Scientists believe this happened a long, long, time ago.

   (2)  Everything was in a very, very small bundle at first.

   (3)  It, by the way, didn’t happen in space. There was no space at first. “Space” and “time” came with everything else.

   (4)  “How” it changed is not mentioned. Neither is “What was before it?”

   (5)  A lot of scientific research supports this. It is nearly universally accepted–now–by scientists².

   (6)  [We’ve added the color and boldface to help you when skimming it to catch key phrases and words.]

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  ¹ Popular Science (Spring 2020). Article below was by Rob Verger on p.10. This magazine appears to be a good teaser with many brief moments that can arose interest in many things, as well as longer pieces. But note here that in many cases–though not all–the information published is written by “editors,” like this one, who we know little about their backgrounds and expertise. Further, some ads seem inappropriate, such as the Winston cigarette ad opposite the info cited above. Nonetheless, Popular Science is a science magazine (quarterly now?) that contains many fascinating articles that can springboards for more investigating.

  ² To some Christians, this “beginning” seems to be incompatible with the Bible. A large number of scientists who are Christians, have no problem with this. How science and the Bible go together is beyond the purpose of this post. For those who have doubts about the earth and universe being so old, however, we recommend exploring the website, reasons.org.