Hubble Astronomers Uncover an Overheated Early Universe
October 11, 2010
This diagram traces the evolution of the universe from the big bang to the present. Two watershed epochs are shown. Not long after the big bang, light from the first stars burned off a fog of cold hydrogen in a process called reionization. At a later epoch quasars, the black-hole-powered cores of active galaxies, pumped out enough ultraviolet light to reionize the primordial helium.
Topics: Astrophysics, Physical cosmology, Radio astronomy, Reionization, Non-standard cosmology, Big Bang, Quasar, Universe, Black hole, Galaxy formation and evolution, Galaxy