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Planck results: our weird and wonderful Universe

21 Mar 2013, 21:15 UTC
Planck results: our weird and wonderful Universe
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The big news today is that our Universe is a little older than we thought, has a little more matter in it, and is every bit as strange as we’ve come to expect. Some numbers got shifted around a bit, but things are pretty much what we cosmology-watchers expected. It’s not a bad thing, in [...]

The cosmic pie, before and after Planck. The size of the slices changed a little bit, but it’s barely noticeable. [Credit: ESA/Planck Collaboration]The big news today is that our Universe is a little older than we thought, has a little more matter in it, and is every bit as strange as we’ve come to expect. Some numbers got shifted around a bit, but things are pretty much what we cosmology-watchers expected. It’s not a bad thing, in my opinion. After all, we still don’t know what dark matter is, we still don’t know what dark energy is, and we still don’t understand inflation completely. Adding weirdness to weirdness is probably more than our poor brains could take right now.
We learned all of this from the newly released data from the Planck mission, a telescope orbiting a stable gravitational point beyond the Moon. (That’s ...

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