Planck's First Glimpse at the Universe

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planck_planck09-001a September 17th, 2009

Credit: ESA, LFI & HFI Consortia, Background optical image: Axel Mellinger

One of Planck's first images is shown as a strip superimposed over a two-dimensional projection of the whole sky as seen in visible light. The strip covers 360-degrees of sky and, at its widest, is about 15 degrees across. The prominent horizontal band is light from our Milky Way galaxy.

The Planck image shows how the sky looks at millimeter-long wavelengths. Red areas are brighter, blue areas are darker. The large red strips show the Milky Way. The small bright and dark spots far from the galactic plane are from the cosmic microwave background -- relic radiation leftover from the birth of our universe.

Planck is measuring the sky at nine wavelengths of light, one of which is shown here.

Image Source: http://planck.ipac.caltech.edu/image/planck09-001a

Curator: NASA Planck Science Center, Pasadena, CA, USA

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Observation
Object Name
Milky Way
Subject - Distant Universe
Cosmology » Morphology » Cosmic Background
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planck09-001a
Subject Category
D.6.1.3   B.5  
Subject Name
Milky Way
Credits
ESA, LFI & HFI Consortia, Background optical image: Axel Mellinger
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://planck.ipac.caltech.edu/image/planck09-001a
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Observation
Image Quality
Good
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Equinox
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FITS Header
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NASA Planck Science Center
URL
http://planck.ipac.caltech.edu
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Address
1200 E. California Blvd.
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Pasadena
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CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
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Public Domain
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planck
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/image/planck/planck09-001a
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Metadata Date
2018-01-19T01:56:12Z
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