Better 'baby picture' of universe emerges
This is a map of the light of the universe when it was only 380,000 years old.
March 21st, 2013
03:25 PM ET

Better 'baby picture' of universe emerges

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

How cute was our universe as a baby? We now know better than ever: The picture of our early universe just got sharper and tells scientists with greater precision many important facts about how the universe evolved.

This new photogenic moment, released Thursday, comes courtesy of the European Space Agency's Planck space telescope, which detects cosmic microwave background radiation - the light left over from the Big Bang. Scientists used data from Planck to create an artificially colored map of temperature variations across the sky in the early universe, in more detail than ever before.

"It's a big deal," said Charles Lawrence, Planck project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in a news briefing. He added, "We can tie together a whole range of phenomena that couldn't be tied together so well before, and the sum total of that, the impact, is felt in many, many ways."


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  1. christoforokondoleon

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    March 23, 2013 at 2:41 am |
  2. Nate

    I wish it would show a baby NCC-1701.

    March 22, 2013 at 7:28 am |
  3. Cal Newlan

    A realistic "baby picture" of the universe would show God creating it! I wish atheists would face reality and accept God.

    March 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • btechno

      What a n00b...

      March 22, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • fimeilleur

      A realistic "baby picture" of God would show man creating him! I wish theists would face evidence and accept REALITY.

      March 22, 2013 at 11:18 am |
      • Cal Newlan

        How's my sassy gal doing today?

        March 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm |


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