Friday, 18 Sep, 2009 Science

Planck Telescope Sends First Pictures that Offer Clues About the Evolution of the Universe


The first images of Planck observatory, which was sent into outer space to collect data about the origins of the universe, have been finally received, providing some clues about the past.

It is worth mentioning that earlier this year the European Space Agency launched the telescope 0.9 million miles (about 1.5 million km) into space. Its goal was to analyze the age, contents as well as the evolution of the universe. The first images that were received from Planck illustrate the pieces of ancient light across the sky.

Scientists will require two years to study the images and try to find some information about the beginning of the universe. Planck studies the heat left by the Big Bang millions of years ago. Researchers dubbed this heat Cosmic Microwave Background radiation (CMB), reports

Analyzing the heat left by the Big Bang is like trying to measure the heat of a rabbit that sits on the moon's surface from Earth. According to Dr David Clements, of Imperial College London, the space observatory is showing promising results, doing better than earlier generations of Cosmic Microwave Background radiation experiments.

"We've a while to wait before we finish the all sky survey, but these first results show we'll get spectacular results and new insights into the birth of the universe once it's done," he said.

The operational life of the observatory is 15 months and during this time Planck is expected to collect information for two whole sky maps. Researchers believe that when its returns, the observatory will provide huge amount of data that will keep scientists busy for the next few decades.

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