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If a photon leaves the train station shortly after the Big Bang ...

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REFRESHER EPISODES:

Space Used to Be Orange!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tCMd1ytvWg

Why the Big Bang Definitely Happened
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPStj2ZuXug

Question #1: What physical distance did the light from the CMB travel through an expanding universe to reach us today?

Question #2: What average distance could a photon travel before being scattered by an electron just before recombination? (show your work!)

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Make sure you title your email: “CMB Challenge“

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