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Daily cosmobite: viewing the Big Bang

Planck’s map of the Universe. Courtesy ESA and the Planck CollaborationWe cannot see the origin of the Universe at the Big Bang, but scientists can study its afterglow dating from only a few hundred thousand years after the event. To do so they are using the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft that circles the Sun at a distance of 1.5 million km from Earth.

Planck’s map of the Universe. Courtesy ESA and the Planck Collaboration

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