posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 06:22 AM
A map tracing the "oldest light" in the sky has been produced by Europe's Planck Surveyor satellite. Its pattern confirms the Big Bang theory for
the origin of the Universe but subtle, unexpected details will require scientists to adjust some of their ideas.
The map was assembled from 15 months' worth of data from the Planck Satellite and is already altering our knowledge of the Universe with scientists
saying the data suggests the Universe is 50 million years older than previously thought , The map has also altered our view of the inventory of
contents in the Universe .
It seems there is slightly more matter out there (31.7%) and slightly less "dark energy" (68.3%), the mysterious component thought to be driving
the cosmos apart at an accelerating rate.
A third significant anomaly is a cold spot in the map, centred on the constellation Eridanus, which is much bigger than would be predicted. These
features have been hinted at before by Planck's most recent predecessor - Nasa's WMAP satellite - but are now seen with greater clarity and their
significance cemented. A consequence will be the binning of many ideas for how inflation propagated, as the process was first introduced in the 1980s
as a way to iron out such phenomena. The fact that these delicate features are real will force theorists to finesse their inflationary solutions
and possibly even lead them to some novel physics on the way.
I like the sound of "some novel physics on the way" , add this to the probable discovery of the Higgs Boson it seems to me we are in a Golden age for
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