Cosmic Times

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Gravity bending starlight!

A solar eclipse confirms that Einstein's theory of gravity, not Newton's, correctly predicts the bending of starlight.

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Our expanding universe!

Hubble builds on his earlier discovery that the Milky Way Galaxy is but one of many galaxies in our Universe to find that the Universe is expanding.

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Einstein's death!

The debate rages between whether the Big Bang and Steady State correctly describes the origin of the universe.

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Light from the Big Bang!

Penzias and Wilson discover the Cosmic Microwave Background, the remnant radiation from the very early universe, which makes the case for the Big Bang Theory.

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The universe's baby picture!

The COBE mission measures fluctuations in the Cosmic Microwave Background, which explain structure in our universe and confirm the role of inflation.

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Dark energy!

The supernova distance scale leads to the discovery of dark energy in 1997, a puzzling new component of our universe whose nature remains a mystery in 2006.

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Meet the Cosmic Times Team

A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/GSFC