Planck Steps Closer to the Cosmic Blueprint


Image Credits: ESA/Planck Collaboration; T. Dame et al., 2001

Image Credits: ESA/Planck Collaboration; T. Dame et al., 2001

ESA’s Planck mission has revealed that our Galaxy contains previously undiscovered islands of cold gas and a mysterious haze of microwaves. These results give scientists new treasure to mine and take them closer to revealing the blueprint of cosmic structure.

The new results are being presented this week at an international conference in Bologna, Italy, where astronomers from around the world are discussing the mission’s intermediate results.

These results include the first map of carbon monoxide to cover the entire sky. Carbon monoxide is a constituent of the cold clouds that populate the Milky Way and other galaxies. Predominantly made of hydrogen molecules, these clouds provide the reservoirs from which stars are born.

Full Story: http://www.esa.int/export/esaSC/SEM0FLYXHYG_index_0.html

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