Sparkles of Big Bang

Matvey Shishov
May 19 · 7 min read
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The Big Bang

All started 13 billion years ago. A flash of energy of unimaginable power created space and immediately densely packed it with hard radiation and hot, opaque plasma. As the Universe proceeded to inflate, forces separated. In 240k years (incredibly short time at the scale of the Universe) matter cooled enough to let hydrogen and helium capture electrons.

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The tinder of life

Let’s rewind this process back, to more interesting times, somewhere soon after the first supernovae and neutron star collisions have spread heavy elements through the Universe.

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Sparkles of Big Bang

If we had a special “life-detecting” telescope, and pointed it at our Universe right now, we would see humanity being born. At first a dim point, like a small bit of tinder, life on our planet is growing from a tiny spark to an all-engulfing flame. From thin films of bacterial mats to Cambrian explosion. From dinosaurs to Anthropocene.

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Sparkles of Big Bang

Just an outlet for imagination.

Matvey Shishov

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Sparkles of Big Bang

Just an outlet for imagination.