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It was hailed as the scientific discovery of the year in 2014. But now, it has astronomers and cosmologists red-faced.  Scientists thought they had discovered the evidence to prove the “Big Bang” theory of the universe’s origin.  Unfortunately for them, now they have “cosmic dust” all over their faces.  Christian News Network reports:
A team of astronomers who jubilantly announced last year that they had found proof of the Big Bang have now retracted their statements, admitting that their evidence was faulty.

In March of last year, astronomers using the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole announced the discovery of “primordial gravitational waves” from the universe’s beginning. Proponents of the secular model of origins eagerly touted the discovery as “smoking gun” evidence for the universe’s rapid inflation during the Big Bang.
But, their celebration was premature according to Christian News Network:
However, less than a year after the triumphant announcement, astronomers have retracted their claims and admitted that the findings were not proof of the Big Bang after all. In a recent statement, the European Space Agency conceded that the astronomers’ conclusions were incorrect.
“Unfortunately, we have not been able to confirm that the signal is an imprint of cosmic inflation,” researcher Jean-Loup Puget said in the statement.
So, if they didn’t find evidence for the “Big Bang”, what did they find?  Christian News Network tells the tale:
Evidently, the BICEP2 telescope merely detected ordinary interstellar dust in space—not primordial gravitation waves.
Yes, that’s right.  This team of professional astronomers and cosmologists were fooled by space dust!
They were embarrassed to say the least when the truth came out.  Christian News Network revealed some of the reactions:
The confession came as a major embarrassment to scientists who believed they had found incontrovertible proof for the Big Bang. According to a widely-circulated Associated Press story, BICEP2 researcher Brian Keating acknowledged the inaccuracy of his team’s original statements, saying, “We are effectively retracting the claim.”
“It’s disappointing,” Keating admitted. “It’s like finding out there’s no Santa Claus.”
Various media outlets have lamented or criticized the astronomers’ recanted assertions. BBC News described the “quashed claim” as “painful.”
“It is the announcement no one wanted to hear,” Space.com reported. “The most exciting astronomical discovery of 2014 has vanished.”
This is an example of what happens when scientists are so committed to a position that it removes their professional objectivity. 
The truth is that the “Big Bang” model of universal origin has been fraught with problems from its beginning.  As each new problem arose, a new modification was invented to save the theory. 
The only issue with this approach is that each new modification has created new problems with it.  So it has become a never-ending cycle of solving problems only to create new ones to solve.
These scientists were anxious to prove the “inflation” theory component of the “Big Bang” – a hypothesis that the universe suddenly expanded far more rapidly than the speed of light shortly after its beginning. 

But, there is really no proof for “inflation”, nor is there any idea what could have started and/or ultimately stopped this “inflation.”  And, by the way, during this supposed “inflation” period gravity would have had to work in reverse for it to have happened!

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