This is pretty darn near awesome. I saw the expected news pass by yesterday, but woke up this a.m. to see it released.
A spectacular new map of the “oldest light” in the sky has just been released by the European Space Agency.
Scientists say its mottled pattern is an exquisite confirmation of our Big-Bang model for the origin and evolution of the Universe.
But there are features in the picture, they add, that are unexpected and will require ideas to be refined.
Its precise configuration, visible in the new Planck data, is suggestive of a cosmos that is slightly older than previously thought – one that came into existence 13.82 billion years ago.
This is an increase of about 50 million years on earlier calculations.
- The first fractions of a second after the Big Bang (updatednews.ca)
- The first fractions of a second after the Big Bang (bbc.co.uk)
- Pictures from Planck: Images from beginning of time will be “very beautiful” (thestar.com)
- Ancient afterglow of Big Bang shows older universe (dailystar.com.lb)