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Planck Observatory image is one of the greatest images ever created

R. Mark Elowitz

December 5, 2013

Planck Observatory image is one of the greatest images ever created

The cosmic microwave background temperature anisotropy map is one of the greatest images ever created. The map shows minute variations in density fluctuations that existed about 380,000 years after the Big Bang event that have been stretched to the large-scale structures we see today. The pattern of anisotropies fit models of cosmological inflation very well, and represents the best evidence of the Big Bang standard cosmology we have to date.


totton: 12/06/2013 12:07 CST

At the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit meeting of November 1, 2013, we had a presentation by Peter Meinhold of the Planck mission and the latest data. See this Flickr link for some photos of the event: It is amazing that the Planck satellite could detect temperature differences of 0.001K!

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