The historical past of the Holmdel Horn antenna

Decades ago there was little more than theory in the Big Bang Theory, but that changed in that lovely town you might have heard of called Holmdel, New Jersey.

It’s hard to believe, but a few scientists who worked with the Holmdel horn antenna kept hearing this strange noise that they couldn’t seem to explain. They tried everything to get rid of it, including cleaning up pigeon droppings and trying not to blame the noisy New Yorkers too far away for the whole thing, Slate said.

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But it turned out that the sound they were hearing wasn’t coming from humans, or Holmdel, or New Jersey, or even Earth. The “statics” turned out to be a remnant of the big bang theory. Yes, two scientists in Holmdel were the first to “hear” evidence of the Big Bang from an oddly shaped antenna that really clapped in northern Monmouth County.

It’s an amazing story that should make us all proud. As it turned out, the two scientists Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson received the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Just when you thought you knew all the historical events that happened here in our area, a new one always seems to pop up. And this special one is great. I mean, it doesn’t get any bigger than the big bang, right.

By the way, you can check out this piece of history for yourself. It is now a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public. Check out Roadtrippers for all the details.

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