Controversy surrounds possible redevelopment of NJ site where ‘Big Bang’ was proven

At the highest spot in Monmouth County sits a place where our understanding of the universe changed forever.

Jan 14, 2023, 4:04 AM

Updated 558 days ago

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At the highest spot in Monmouth County sits a place where our understanding of the universe changed forever. The spot is called Crawford Hill, and it is home to the former Bell Telephone Laboratories Horn Antenna.
In 1964, the 20-foot-tall antenna was used by scientists to confirm the theory of the Big Bang. Scientists Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias won the 1978 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery.
Now, the antenna itself faces an uncertain future. Last month, the property owner successfully petitioned the Holmdel Township Council to commission a study investigating whether the 43-acre tract of land can be declared an area in need of redevelopment.
That has sparked alarm among local residents, preservationists and science buffs across the globe who are rallying and signing a petition to have Crawford Hill protected and set aside as a park.
On today's "Brian's Positively New Jersey,” Brian Donohue visits the spot where humankind's understanding of the universe underwent a cosmic shift - and where even those forces can't prevent a classic New Jersey development spat.


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