Planck Cosmology Results, 2013

Precision map of the CMB, 2013.  

Planck's new image of the CMB suggests that some aspects of the standard model of cosmology may need a rethink, raising the possibility that the fabric of the cosmos, on the largest scales of the observable Universe, might be more complex than we think.

For more information, see the ESA Planck website .
Planck's Cosmic Recipe  

Normal matter that makes up stars and galaxies contributes just 4.9% of the Universe's mass/energy inventory. Dark matter, which is detected indirectly by its gravitational influence on nearby matter, occupies 26.8%, while dark energy, a mysterious force thought to be responsible for accelerating the expansion of the Universe, accounts for 68.3%.

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Power spectrum of temperature anisotropies in the CMB  

Planck's sensitive detectors have allowed the Planck Science Team to precisely determine the power spectrum to very high angular resolution.

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Hemispheric asymmetry and cold spot in the Cosmic Microwave Background  

Contradicting Einstein's cosmological principle that the universe should be homogeneous and isotropic on the largest cosmic scales, Planck's precision cosmology results strongly suggest some very large scale asymmetry in the CMB!

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Nine frequency maps

Planck's detectors imaged the sky in 9 different frequencies, from 30 GHz (1 cm) to 857 GHz (.35 mm)

To download all 9 maps, see the ESA Planck website .

Credit for background image: U.S. Data Center at IPAC