Top 10 Space Stories of the Decade
The earliest cornerstone for the Big Bang theory is spectral data that showed the light from distant galaxies is proportionally redder (redshifted) than from local galaxies. This is interpreted as being caused by the uniform expansion of space that attenuates light, as predicted by Einstein's Special Relativity. The rate of expansion gives an age for the universe and inevitably leads to the conclusion the universe was once smaller, denser, and much, much hotter.
Georges Lemaître and Edwin Hubble independently discovered this distance-redshift relationship nearly a century ago. A Catholic Jesuit priest, Lemaître went on to hypothesize a primordial "egg" from which everything began.
I could fill a computer hard drive with e-mails I've received over the years from what I'd collectively call the "Big Bang haters" - most are from amateur theoreticians who say they've figured out a way to get rid of the Big Bang.
"Thus the black hole and Big Bang cosmology contradict one another."
"The thing about the Big Bang is that it wasn't a ‘bang' at all. Expansion implies outward motion, which is not correct."
"... It is possible to draw a conclusion that singularity and the Big Bang wasn't. Our Universe arose another way."
Science writer Eric Lerner made a brief splash in 1991 with his book, "The Big Bang Never Happened." It describes a universe dominated by plasma physics as first proposed by Nobel Laureate Hannes Alfvén in the 1960s. Astronomical observations in the 1990s and later contradicted many of Lerner's predictions that he thought would disprove the Big Bang.
The Big Bang is frequently ridiculed in creationist articles alongside Darwinian evolution. "It [the Big Bang] fits evolution so well, and thereby pushes God so far out in space and so far back in time that He is essentially eliminated altogether," complained one so-called creation scientist.
The Big Bang Haters Club alleges that there is an elitist cadre of astronomers who will belittle and suppress any theories that are contrary to Big Bang cosmology.