The big bang, the greatest of all markers in time, it turns out, may not be as hard a wall as previously thought. Scientists studying the background microwave radiation of the Universe have found patterns in the noise, patterns that shouldn’t be there, patterns that are a visible signature of the Universe that existed before the big bang.
Sir Roger Penrose, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, recently announced that he had glimpsed a signal originating in a time before the big bang. Working with scientist Vahe Gurzadyn , with many late nights studying data under their belts a pattern began to appear, the Penrose Circles, a number of concentric circles within the noise. The pattern is visible within the included HMAP picture. Ghostly echos of super-massive black holes colliding and being torn to shreds as the Universe collapsed in on itself.
According to the current standard cosmological model of an inflationary Universe the background noise should be completely random, these circles shouldn’t be there. While mainstream science isn’t ready to throw away the big bang and infinitely expanding Universe of the current theory, Penrose does have them thinking.