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"While other satellite observatories zoom in on exoplanets or snap photos of star birth on faraway galaxies, the European Space Agency’s Planck Telescope is studying the bigger picture. After a year in service, the observatory has surveyed the cosmos and provided researchers with its first all-sky image, a snapshot of the entire universe as viewed from Planck’s position in the sky."
"The bright disk running through the middle of the pic is our own Milky Way Galaxy. The wispy blue trails of gas and dust protruding from the center disk are regions where stars are violently forming as the makings of the universe come together. But most interesting to astronomers are the fringes at the top and bottom of the image, where the yellow and magenta regions represent the oldest light in the universe, leftover from the Big Bang that exploded the cosmos into existence some 13.7 billion years ago."
The "entire Universe", can that be right? I'm not sure to be honest.
Originally posted by agent violet
The "entire Universe", can that be right? I'm not sure to be honest. However I'd like to discuss this concept, and see what other ATS member think. According to the quote above, it seems like it is. But I'm still skeptical. Also, take note of the shape of the picture map itself in the first illustration posted. What shape do you perceive it to be?
The actual shape of the Universe may or may not be spherical. However, ...
the observable universe appears from our perspective to be spherical.
The milky way is a dominant feature but they are going to remove it to see the CMBR better
By the time ESA researchers are through processing the data, they’ll have removed the Milky Way, revealing the best look of the CMBR ever obtained. From that, astronomers should be able to glean lots of data regarding the early life of the universe and the means by which the current state of things came to be.