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by Andy Moore on March 18, 2014

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Yesterday, researchers at the South Pole announced the first direct evidence supporting the Big Bang after observing ripples in the fabric of space-time, which—according to scientists, and I assure you not me—provides proof the universe rapidly expanded at the time of its birth 13.8 billion years ago. (John M. Kovac is the rockstar astronomer who detected the ripples, also called “gravitational waves,” using a telescope. Remember that name for your Nobel Prize pools.)

The Big Bang was first theorized in 1983, when Stanford professor Andre Linde proposed something he called “chaotic inflation;” the idea which stated the universe rapidly expanded microseconds after the Big Bang. Of course there was no observable evidence supporting his idea at the time, just some mathematical equations and whatever the hell else physicists use.

Yesterday, that evidence came, though, and even if the science is totally befuddling, Linde’s reaction is easy to read. In a video posted to Stanford’s website, professor Chao-Lin Kuo (who contributed to yesterday’s discovery) showed up at Linde’s door with a bottle of champagne and the news of what had just happened in the South Pole. Linde’s wife, who is also a physicist, understood the implications of what Kuo said immediately, while Linde looked bewildered at first before choking up.

Basically, you’re witnessing a 66-year-old man being told his entire life’s work was correct.

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POP THE BUBBLY.

[H/T: Business Insider]

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