Spiral galaxy NGC 3190 as seen by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope. Henri Boffin/ESO hide caption toggle caption Henri Boffin/ESO Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture What Happened Before The Big Bang? And Other Weird Cosmic Questions January 11, 2012 Did time start with the big bang? What's outside the universe? Here are answers to these and other questions you always wanted to ask about the universe.