First Pictures: Big Bang

Well, not quite.

But the European Space Agency released a spectacular picture of the microwave sky Monday, an artful mosaic of interstellar dust and the relic light from the birth of the universe.

Planck sees sky in new light:


click for ginormous image


Planck, a roughly $800 million mission to detect the leftover radiation from the Big Bang, when a condensed ball of hot gas exploded to form the universe 13.73 billion years ago. Planck collected data for the all-sky map from August 2009 to June 2010.

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