BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - In a major scientific discovery on Monday, physicists say they have found direct evidence of the aftermath that came after the Big Bang explosion took place, which could support the most cited theory about how the universe came to exist.
According to the BBC , scientists "have found the signal left in the sky by the super-rapid expansion of space that must have occurred just fractions of a second after everything came into being."
That signal is known to the scientific community as gravitational waves.
First predicted by Albert Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity almost 100 years ago, the rapid movement of large masses would create a rippling effect in waves, similar to what happens to the surface of a body of water after it is touched.
The scientific breakthrough was announced by a team of American scientists working on a project named BICEP2.
"I've seen the research; the arguments are persuasive, and the scientists involved are among the most careful and conservative people I know," Professor Marc Kamionkowski of Johns Hopkins University told BBC News.
Nevertheless, scientists say the findings of BICEP2 will be heavily studied, due to their controversial nature.