Best Map Ever of the Universe

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planck_planck13-001a March 21st, 2013

Credit: ESA and the Planck Collaboration

This map shows the oldest light in our universe, as detected with the greatest precision yet by the Planck mission. The ancient light, called the cosmic microwave background, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was 370,000 years old. It shows tiny temperature fluctuations that correspond to regions of slightly different densities, representing the seeds of all future structure: the stars and galaxies of today.

By analyzing the light patterns in this map, scientists are fine tuning what we know about the universe, including its origins, fate and basic components.

Planck is a European Space Agency mission, with significant participation from NASA. NASA's Planck Project Office is based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. JPL contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck's science instruments. European, Canadian and U.S. Planck scientists work together to analyze the Planck data. The ancient light, called the cosmic microwave background, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was 370,000 years old. It shows tiny temperature fluctuations that correspond to regions of slightly different densities, representing the seeds of all future structure: the stars and galaxies of today.

By analyzing the light patterns in this map, scientists are fine tuning what we know about the universe, including its origins, fate and basic components.

Planck is a European Space Agency mission, with significant participation from NASA. NASA's Planck Project Office is based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. JPL contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck's science instruments. European, Canadian and U.S. Planck scientists work together to analyze the Planck data.

Image Source: http://planck.ipac.caltech.edu/image/planck13-001

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

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Observation
Object Name
Cosmic Microwave Background CMB
Subject - Distant Universe
Cosmology > Morphology > Cosmic Background
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planck13-001a
Subject Category
D.6.1.3  
Subject Name
Cosmic Microwave Background, CMB
Credits
ESA and the Planck Collaboration
Release Date
2013-03-21
Lightyears
Redshift
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http://planck.ipac.caltech.edu/image/planck13-001
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Observation
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Good
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Equinox
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NASA Planck Science Center
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http://planck.ipac.caltech.edu
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1200 E. California Blvd.
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Pasadena
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CA
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91125
Country
USA
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Public Domain
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planck
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2018-01-19T22:33:53Z
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