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March 17th Press Conference on Major Discovery at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Press Release From: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation, HSCFSA

"Researchers from the BICEP2 collaboration today announced the first direct evidence for this cosmic inflation. Their data also represent the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. These waves have been described as the "first tremors of the Big Bang." Finally, the data confirm a deep connection between quantum mechanics and general relativity."

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) will host a press conference at 12:00 noon EDT (16:00 UTC) on Monday, March 17th, to announce a major discovery.

Video of the press conference will be streamed live beginning at 11:55 a.m. EDT from the link at

Reporters watching remotely can ask questions of the participants by sending an e-mail to The e-mail should include the reporter’s name and affiliation.

The press conference will take place at Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, Mass. Reporters who want to attend in person should contact Christine Pulliam at or +1 617-495-7463. If you will need a parking pass, please include your license plate number.

The related press release will be available here:

David Aguilar
CfA Public Affairs Director
+1 617-495-7462

Christine Pulliam
CfA Public Affairs Specialist
+1 617-495-7463

UPDATE: More information here: Press Conference Today on B-Mode Polarization of Cosmic Microwave Background

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