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microwave background

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21 ( ANI ): The most detailed map ever created of the cosmic microwave background - the relic radiation from the Big Bang - obtained by the European Space Agency's Planck space telescope has revealed the existence of features that challenge the foundations of our current understanding of the Universe.
The microwave background [4] is currently believed to be of cosmic origin.
It takes about 1,000 photons of the microwave background radiation to match the energy of one photon of starlight.
The COBE satellite, launched in 1989, has on board two instruments targeting the temperature of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), namely the Far-Infrared Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS) and the Differential Microwave Radiometer (DMR).
"This is good news for those who study polarization of the cosmic microwave background, since the signal from spinning nanodiamonds would be weakly polarized at best," said Brian Mason, an astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and coauthor on the paper.
He covers from the Big Bang, inflation and Big Bang issues, fluctuations to perturbations, the cosmic microwave background, large scale structure, and the Higgs boson and inflation.
Researchers used supernovas, cosmic microwave background radiation and patterns of galaxy clusters to measure the Hubble constant--the rate at which the universe expands--but their results were mismatched, Emily Conover reported in "Debate persists on cosmic expansion" (SN: 8/6/16, p.
On the other hand, if astronomers know how big the primordial ripples should be (found in cosmic microwave background fluctuations), and they measure how big the ripples appear on the sky, they can measure the distance directly.
These groundbreaking results came from observations by the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole of the cosmic microwave background, a faint glow left over from the Big Bang.
Because the cosmic microwave background is a form of light, it exhibits all the properties of light, including polarization.
Since its launch in 2009, Planck has been mapping the entire sky to observe the afterglow of the Big Bang - the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB).
Retired now, he takes it out on another cruise, providing more detail of the Higgs boson and neutrino masses, of anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background, recent insight into quantum geometry, the theory of constrained systems, and considerably more about black holes.

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