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Planck Mission Brings Universe Into Sharp Focus

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information ...

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Supercomputer Helps Planck Mission Expose Ancient Light

How do scientists extract ancient light from the sky? Like archeologists digging for fossils, they carefully sift through foreground material to ...

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NASA News Telecon: Planck Cosmology Findings (Update)

NASA will host a news teleconference at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT), Thursday, March 21, to discuss the first cosmology results from Planck.

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The Story of Our Universe

The Story of Our Universe

This illustration summarizes the almost 14-billion-year-long history of our universe. It shows the main events that occurred between the initial phase of the cosmos -- where its properties were ...

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Best Map Ever of the Universe

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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 ...

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The Universe Comes into Sharper Focus

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This graphic illustrates the evolution of satellites designed to measure ancient light leftover from the big bang that created our universe 13.8 billion years ago. Called the cosmic microwave ...

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Map of Matter in the Universe

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This full-sky map from the Planck mission shows matter between Earth and the edge of the observable universe. Regions with less mass show up as lighter areas while regions with more mass are darker. ...

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Peculiar Features in Patterns of Ancient Light

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The Planck mission has imaged the oldest light in our universe, called the cosmic microwave background, with unprecedented precision. The results fit well with what we know about the universe and its ...

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Refining the Ingredients of Our Universe

Planck's detailed map of the oldest light in our universe

Planck's detailed map of the oldest light in our universe allowed scientists to take the most precise inventory of the universe's ingredients to date. Normal matter that makes up stars and galaxies ...

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The Universe, Summed Up in a Squiggly Line

This graph shows the temperature differences in the oldest light in the universe

This graph shows the temperature differences in the oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background, detected by Planck at different distances apart on the sky. The curve is ...

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Through the Universe's Looking Glass

This animation flips between simulated views of the cosmic microwave background light detected by Planck, both with and without the lensing effect

Data from the Planck mission have allowed scientists to create a map showing matter everywhere in the universe, both light and dark. This simulation shows how it was done.

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Planck Cosmology Findings

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    News Telecon

    Visuals for the Planck phone news conference, 8:00 PDT/11 EDT

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Mission Overview

    Planck is a European Space Agency mission with significant participation from NASA. NASA played key roles in the mission's development, and will provide important contributions to data and science analyses.
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