Planck spacecraft offers clues to age, origin of universe

NASA-aided mission creates a more accurate, detailed map of oldest light in universe

By , Computerworld |  Hardware

"As that ancient light travels to us, matter acts like an obstacle course getting in its way and changing the patterns slightly," said Charles Lawrence, the U.S. project scientist for the Planck mission. "The Planck map reveals not only the very young universe, but also matter, including dark matter, everywhere in the universe."

This map shows the oldest light in the universe. Called the cosmic microwave background, it was imprinted on the sky when the universe was 370,000 years old. (Image: ESA and the Planck Collaboration)

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