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  1. #1 Would we have a Big Bang Theory today if... 
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    I was reading about the Bo÷tes Void, and how if our galaxy were located in the center of this void, then we wouldn't have had the telescopic technology to see other galaxies until the 1960's, and this got me wondering. Would it not then follow that, if the Milky Way were a lone galaxy in the center of this void, that we wouldn't have a Big Bang Theory today (or at least a less refined version of it)? I have to think that it would have at least delayed the process...


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    It may have taken a lot longer to confirm the predictions of GR ...


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    Good point. I'm having fun thinking about all of the implications of this if it were actually the case.
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    I have to think that it would have at least delayed the process...
    yes, we would still have the CMBR and the abundance of elements to explain but without the direct observation of the receding galaxies it would have been harder.
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    The big bang theory is discovered in the later 60s until then we do not know about this theory.
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    That is why this misconception occurred .
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    Quote Originally Posted by oliverclay View Post
    The big bang theory is discovered in the later 60s until then we do not know about this theory.
    Hmm, It was actually Hoyle who coined the name of Lemaţtre's theory, referring to it sarcastically as "this 'big bang' idea" during a radio broadcast on 28 March 1949.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oliverclay View Post
    That is why this misconception occurred .
    What misconception?
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    Fred Hoyle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The theory was one alternative to the Big Bang which agreed with key observations of the day, namely Hubble's red shift observations, and Hoyle was a strong critic of the Big Bang. He is responsible for coining the term "Big Bang" on BBC radio's Third Programme broadcast at 1830 GMT on 28 March 1949. It is popularly reported that Hoyle intended this to be pejorative, but the script from which he read aloud shows that he intended the expression to help his listeners.[8] Hoyle explicitly denied that he was being insulting and said it was just a striking image meant to emphasize the difference between the two theories for the radio audience.
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