A universe existed before Big Bang and you can still see it, claims physicist

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A universe existed before the Big Bang and it can still be seen today, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist has claimed.

Sir Roger Penrose, who won the honour for his work proving black holes exist, said he had found six "warm points" in the sky – named "Hawking Points".

The warm points, which are approximately eight times the diameter of the Moon, are named after Professor Stephen Hawking who theorised that black holes "leak" radiation and eventually evaporate away.

The time frame for black holes to evaporate completely is vast, potentially longer than the age of our current universe, which makes it impossible to detect the process.

However, Sir Roger, 89, believes that dead black holes from earlier universes – or aeons – can be seen now. If true, Prof Hawking's theories would be proved true.

Sir Roger shared the prestigious Wolf Foundation Prize for Physics with Prof Hawking for their work on black holes in 1988, reports The Times.

Speaking from his home in Oxford yesterday, he told the paper: "I claim that there is observation of Hawking radiation. The Big Bang was not the beginning. There was something before and that something is what we will have in our future.

"In this crazy theory of mine, that remote future becomes the Big Bang of another aeon. So our Big Bang began with something which was the remote future of a previous aeon and there would have been similar black holes evaporating away – via Hawking evaporation – and they would produce these points in the sky, that I call Hawking Points. We are seeing them.

"These points are about eight times the diameter of the Moon and are slightly warmed up regions. There is pretty good evidence for at least six of these points."

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He has also recently published his theory of Hawking Points in the Royal Astronomical Society.

Sir Roger's idea is controversial, although many scientists do believe the universe expands before contracting back into a "Big Crunch" before a new Big Bang.

But black holes were also controversial themselves, English country parson, John Mitchell, first theorised them in 1783, and speculated if an object became extremely dense, it's gravitational pull would stop light from escaping.

However, Albert Einstein himself dismissed the theory as mathematical curiosity over reality.

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Nine years after Einstein's death, Sir Roger proved that when objects became too dense, the inevitable consequence resulted in a gravitational collapse, where all known laws of nature stop.

His article is still seen as the most important contribution to the theory of relativity since Einstein.

Sir Roger first stumbled upon the idea when walking to a Tube station on his way to Birkbeck College 50 years ago when he was in his mid-30s.

He has finally been recognised for his work half a century later, by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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