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Researchers say it is a remarkable dataset that will help them understand better how the Universe came to look the way it does now. "It's a spectacular picture; it's a thing of beauty," Dr Jan Tauber, the European Space Agency's (Esa) Planck project scientist, told BBC News. Dominating the foreground are large segments of our Milky Way Galaxy. The bright horizontal line running the full length of the image is the galaxy's main disc - the plane in which the Sun and the Earth also reside.