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More Proof that the Universe is Flat

Keith Cowing

Tuesday, May 09, 2000

Astrophysicists at UC Berkeley have used the Millimeter Anisotropy eXperiment IMaging Array (MAXIMA) to reveal the structure of the universe in its infancy. According to a press release, "the first results from a balloon-borne experiment peering back to a time shortly after the big bang provide confirmation of a mysterious "dark matter" and "dark energy" that make up most of the cosmos."

The MAXIMA findings build upon the research published just last month by researchers who utilized the Balloon Observations Of Millimetric Extragalactic Radiation and Geophysics (BOOMERANG) experiment which also provided data that shows our universe to be flat. Both experiments, in turn, built upon data collected in 1992 by COBE, the Cosmic Background Explorer.

According to the press release, "the MAXIMA map is the highest resolution map of the cosmic microwave background yet published ... these results provide strong evidence that the universe is flat." Both MAXIMA and BOOMERANG measured the temperature variations of the cosmic microwave background and produced thermal maps of the universe just 300,000 years after the big bang occurred. Both experiments revealed hot and cold spots with a size range of approximately one degree across. According to current theory, this would be indicative of a flat universe.

The results of the MAXIMA research have been submitted for publication to Astrophysical Journal Letters

-- Carl Jenkins (, May 11, 2000


Well it's a dang sure thing that the Earth is flat, that much we know for certain.

I read it on the web, so it MUST be true!


-- Chicken Little (, May 11, 2000.

It is not really that long ago that anyone who said the world is anything but flat was tortured and killed.

Same type of statements same type of behavior ... only today we are civilized.... we just destroy peoples careers and standing in society we don't kill anymore.

Just try to stand up to the mighty JPL or NASA ideologie (sp) and you

will find out fast. NASA, JPL, Inquisition 3 names ONE ideologie.

-- RickJohn (, May 11, 2000.

Hi, Carl. Welcome back.

-- viewer (, May 11, 2000.

So, who took this cosmic dump that created dark matter?

-- FutureShock (gray@matter.think), May 11, 2000.

How flat is it?

-- (, May 11, 2000.


"So, who took this cosmic dump that created dark matter?"

You know.. :-) It was of course, God. E=MC^2, so matter is energy, just at different speeds. God is a "high-energy" consciousness, who chose to experience Himself as a "slower" form of energy, which is what matter is. This is where all of physical creation as we know it came from. The universe is infinite, a concept which we cannot yet fathom within our physical existence. In the physical world, we can only see as far as our instruments allow us, but there is much more.

-- Hawk (flyin@high.again), May 11, 2000.

According to Einstein, the universe is infinite but bounded. Now that's a 50 year old insight so it's probably been debunked by cpr by now. Einstein also thought that the comparing Coke to Pepsi is a paradox. I know because I saw him say so on TV last night.

-- Lars (, May 11, 2000.


You should quit posting using the name Hawk. :o)

Best wishes,,,,,


-- Z1X4Y7 (, May 11, 2000.

I don't see any similarity between my views and Al-d's views whatsoever. In fact most of the stuff he spouts is nonsense from the Bible.

Sick joke Z.

Best wishes to you too....

-- Hawk (flyin@high.again), May 11, 2000.

Well *my* universe is flat as a pancake, so I think it is true.

-- Maya (, May 11, 2000.

An important word that was left out in this article is "known". It should say the the "known universe" is flat, but as far as we know, the entire universe is infinite.

Also, when referring to the universe, I think they are speaking only of the matter, not the space. Isn't the space that holds the matter also part of the universe? I would certainly hope so.

-- Hawk (flyin@high.again), May 11, 2000.

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