If the discovery is confirmed, it adds to the complexity of
the large-scale structure of the universe. Some years ago
the COBE satellite discovered a doppler shift in the cosmic
background radiation, which implies a non-translating
reference frame for the universe. Now this discovery may
imply another kind of reference frame that favors a direction.
Nodland did not say whether the excess polarization was
left-handed or right-handed, but if his figures are appropriate
they indicate right-handed polarization.
That's convenient, since physicists usually use right-handed coordinates.
Otherwise we'd have to change all the physics
Nodlund cautions that this discovery does not favor a particular
location in space, so the nonsense about geocentrism should not
find support here.
Paul Arveson, Code 724, Signatures Directorate, NSWC
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