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Researchers report on data analysis from Planck spacecraft

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Posted December 5, 2014

A team of researchers analyzing data from a telescope aboard the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft gave a presentation at Planck 2014 recently—a meeting held in a palace in Italy—to outline findings based on data from the spacecraft and also to discuss the implications of what has been found.

Planck spacecraft

Artist’s impression of the Planck spacecraft. Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab

The spacecraft was active through the years 2009 through 2013, collecting data related to cosmic microwave background (CMB)—a type of radiation believed to have been a released during the latter part of the birth of the universe. Cosmologists and physicists in general are eager to learn more about the CMB because it helps tie together parts of the Standard Model.

Astrophysicist Nazzareno Mandolesi gave the general presentation including showing a map that depicts the direction and intensity of polarization of CMB as viewed in the full sky. He announced that observations from Planck reaffirm the standard model of cosmological inflation, but at the same time, call into question recent researchers’ claims of having found evidence of dark matter.

Read more at: Phys.org

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