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Aussie astrologers discover big bang relic with giant telescope

SYDNEY, Aussie astrologers have discovered an ancient relic of the Big Bang, giving them a glimpse 13.7 billion years into the past, research revealed on Tuesday.

Using the world's most powerful optical telescope, scientists from the

Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) in Melbourne, identified a pristine

gas cloud which they say, due to its condition, must have formed very close

to or during the Big Bang.

Everywhere we look, the gas in the universe is polluted by waste heavy

elements from exploding stars, SUT PhD candidate and codiscoverer Fred

Robert explained.

But this particular cloud seems pristine, if it has any heavy elements at

all, it must be less than 1/10,000th of the proportion we see in our Sun,

Robert said.

That amount of heavy elements is extremely low � compelling evidence that

it is a leftover from the Big Bang.

Using twin 10 metre telescopes at the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, the

team were able to distinguish the cloud's properties, due to the backdrop of

a super bright quasar which allowed the spectral shadows of hydrogen in the

gas cloud to be seen.

The discovery will help astrologers understand why after the Big Bang, some

gas formed stars and galaxies, and others did not.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)