The history of the Holmdel horn antenna
Decades ago, there was little more than theory to the Big Bang Theory, but that all changed in this charming town you might have heard of called Holmdel, New Jersey.
It might be hard to believe, but a few scientists working with the Holmdel Horn antenna kept hearing this strange noise that they couldn’t seem to explain. They’ve tried everything to get rid of it, including cleaning up the pigeon poop and trying to blame it on those noisy New Yorkers not too far away, according to Slate.
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But it turned out that the sound they heard wasn’t coming from humans, or Holmdel, or New Jersey, or even Earth for that matter. The “static” turned out to be vestiges of the Big Bang theory. Yes, two Holmdel scientists were the first to ‘hear’ evidence from the Big Bang because of an oddly shaped antenna snapping right in northern Monmouth County.
It’s an incredible story that should make us all proud. It turns out that the two scientists, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1978.
Just when you thought you knew all the historical events that have happened here in our region, a new one always seems to appear and this one is important. I mean, it doesn’t get bigger than the Big Bang, does it.
And by the way, you can go and experience this piece of history for yourself. It is now a National Historic Landmark and it is open to the public. consult Roadtrippers for full details.
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