The Hubble Space Telescope captured the brightest quasar in the Early Universe shown above. Less than a billion years after the Big Bang a monster black hole began devouring anything within its gravitational grasp, triggering a burst of star formation around the black hole giving birth to a galaxy. This firestorm of energy equivalent to the light from 600 trillion Suns blazed across the universe.
“If some conspiracy is happening to simulate quantum mechanics by a mechanism that is actually classical, that mechanism would have had to begin its operations—somehow knowing exactly when, where, and how this experiment was going to be done—at least 7.8 billion years ago. That seems incredibly implausible, so we have very strong evidence that quantum mechanics is the right explanation,” says co-author Alan Guth, the Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics at MIT.