Space + Flight

22
Mar

Planck Satellite Reveals Early Universe

Dennis Overbye, reporting for the New York Times:

The map, the Planck team said in news conferences and in 29 papers posted online Thursday, is in stunning agreement with the general view of the universe that has emerged over the past 20 years, of a cosmos dominated by mysterious dark energy that seems to be pushing space apart and the almost-as-mysterious dark matter that is pulling galaxies together. It also shows a universe that seems to have endured an explosive burp known as inflation, which was the dynamite in the Big Bang.

To get an idea of just how much sharper this new image is, take a look at this interactive by New Scientist.