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The magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by ESA's Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of polarized light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.
The magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by ESA's Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of polarized light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.

Magnetic Map of Milky Way

The magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by ESA's Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of polarized light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck Spacecraft
ID#: PIA18048
Added: 2014-05-06

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Magnetic Map of Milky Way

The magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by ESA's Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of polarized light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.

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This frame from an artist's animation depicts the 'life' of a photon, or particle of light, as it travels across space and time, from the very early universe ESA's Planck satellite.
This frame from an artist's animation depicts the 'life' of a photon, or particle of light, as it travels across space and time, from the very early universe ESA's Planck satellite.

A Journey of Light Through Space and Time

This frame from an artist's animation depicts the 'life' of a photon, or particle of light, as it travels across space and time, from the very early universe ESA's Planck satellite.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
ID#: PIA16882
Added: 2013-03-21

Views: 2466

A Journey of Light Through Space and Time

This frame from an artist's animation depicts the 'life' of a photon, or particle of light, as it travels across space and time, from the very early universe ESA's Planck satellite.

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Tones represents sound waves that traveled through the early universe, and were later 'heard' by ESA's Planck space telescope. The primordial sound waves have been translated into frequencies we can hear.
Tones represents sound waves that traveled through the early universe, and were later 'heard' by ESA's Planck space telescope. The primordial sound waves have been translated into frequencies we can hear.

Sounds of the Ancient Universe

Tones represents sound waves that traveled through the early universe, and were later 'heard' by ESA's Planck space telescope. The primordial sound waves have been translated into frequencies we can hear.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
ID#: PIA16881
Added: 2013-03-21

Views: 6279

Sounds of the Ancient Universe

Tones represents sound waves that traveled through the early universe, and were later 'heard' by ESA's Planck space telescope. The primordial sound waves have been translated into frequencies we can hear.

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ESA's Planck has imaged the most distant light we can observe, called the cosmic microwave background, with unprecedented precision.
ESA's Planck has imaged the most distant light we can observe, called the cosmic microwave background, with unprecedented precision.

Through the Universe's Looking Glass

ESA's Planck has imaged the most distant light we can observe, called the cosmic microwave background, with unprecedented precision.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
ID#: PIA16880
Added: 2013-03-21

Views: 1815

Through the Universe's Looking Glass

ESA's Planck has imaged the most distant light we can observe, called the cosmic microwave background, with unprecedented precision.

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This graph shows the temperature differences in the oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background, detected by ESA's Planck at different distances apart on the sky.
This graph shows the temperature differences in the oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background, detected by ESA's Planck at different distances apart on the sky.

The Universe, Summed Up in a Squiggly Line

This graph shows the temperature differences in the oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background, detected by ESA's Planck at different distances apart on the sky.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
ID#: PIA16879
Added: 2013-03-21

Views: 2155

The Universe, Summed Up in a Squiggly Line

This graph shows the temperature differences in the oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background, detected by ESA's Planck at different distances apart on the sky.

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This detailed map of the oldest light in our universe allowed scientists to take the most precise inventory of the universe's ingredients to date.
This detailed map of the oldest light in our universe allowed scientists to take the most precise inventory of the universe's ingredients to date.

Refining the Ingredients of Our Universe

This detailed map of the oldest light in our universe allowed scientists to take the most precise inventory of the universe's ingredients to date.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
ID#: PIA16878
Added: 2013-03-21

Views: 1874

Refining the Ingredients of Our Universe

This detailed map of the oldest light in our universe allowed scientists to take the most precise inventory of the universe's ingredients to date.

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ESA's Planck mission has imaged the oldest light in our universe. The top map shows Planck's all-sky map of the cosmic microwave background, whereas the bottom map shows the largest-scale features of the map.
ESA's Planck mission has imaged the oldest light in our universe. The top map shows Planck's all-sky map of the cosmic microwave background, whereas the bottom map shows the largest-scale features of the map.

Peculiar Features in Patterns of Ancient Light

ESA's Planck mission has imaged the oldest light in our universe. The top map shows Planck's all-sky map of the cosmic microwave background, whereas the bottom map shows the largest-scale features of the map.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
ID#: PIA16877
Added: 2013-03-21

Views: 2485

Peculiar Features in Patterns of Ancient Light

ESA's Planck mission has imaged the oldest light in our universe. The top map shows Planck's all-sky map of the cosmic microwave background, whereas the bottom map shows the largest-scale features of the map.

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This illustration summarizes the almost 14-billion-year-long history of our universe. It shows the main events that occurred between the initial phase of the cosmos.
This illustration summarizes the almost 14-billion-year-long history of our universe. It shows the main events that occurred between the initial phase of the cosmos.

The Story of Our Universe

This illustration summarizes the almost 14-billion-year-long history of our universe. It shows the main events that occurred between the initial phase of the cosmos.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
ID#: PIA16876
Added: 2013-03-21

Views: 3835

The Story of Our Universe

This illustration summarizes the almost 14-billion-year-long history of our universe. It shows the main events that occurred between the initial phase of the cosmos.

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This full-sky map from ESA's Planck mission shows matter between Earth and the edge of the observable universe. Regions with less mass show up as lighter areas while regions with more mass are darker.
This full-sky map from ESA's Planck mission shows matter between Earth and the edge of the observable universe. Regions with less mass show up as lighter areas while regions with more mass are darker.

Map of Matter in the Universe

This full-sky map from ESA's Planck mission shows matter between Earth and the edge of the observable universe. Regions with less mass show up as lighter areas while regions with more mass are darker.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
ID#: PIA16875
Added: 2013-03-21

Views: 3080

Map of Matter in the Universe

This full-sky map from ESA's Planck mission shows matter between Earth and the edge of the observable universe. Regions with less mass show up as lighter areas while regions with more mass are darker.

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This graphic illustrates the evolution of satellites designed to measure ancient light leftover from the big bang that created our universe 13.8 billion years ago; NASA's COBE Explorer (left) and WMAP (middle), and ESA's Planck (right).
This graphic illustrates the evolution of satellites designed to measure ancient light leftover from the big bang that created our universe 13.8 billion years ago; NASA's COBE Explorer (left) and WMAP (middle), and ESA's Planck (right).

The Universe Comes into Sharper Focus

This graphic illustrates the evolution of satellites designed to measure ancient light leftover from the big bang that created our universe 13.8 billion years ago; NASA's COBE Explorer (left) and WMAP (middle), and ESA's Planck (right).

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
ID#: PIA16874
Added: 2013-03-21

Views: 2520

The Universe Comes into Sharper Focus

This graphic illustrates the evolution of satellites designed to measure ancient light leftover from the big bang that created our universe 13.8 billion years ago; NASA's COBE Explorer (left) and WMAP (middle), and ESA's Planck (right).

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This map shows the oldest light in our universe, as detected with the greatest precision yet by ESA's Planck mission. The ancient light, called the cosmic microwave background, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was 370,000 years old.
This map shows the oldest light in our universe, as detected with the greatest precision yet by ESA's Planck mission. The ancient light, called the cosmic microwave background, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was 370,000 years old.

Best Map Ever of the Universe

This map shows the oldest light in our universe, as detected with the greatest precision yet by ESA's Planck mission. The ancient light, called the cosmic microwave background, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was 370,000 years old.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
ID#: PIA16873
Added: 2013-03-21

Views: 8001

Best Map Ever of the Universe

This map shows the oldest light in our universe, as detected with the greatest precision yet by ESA's Planck mission. The ancient light, called the cosmic microwave background, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was 370,000 years old.

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This all-sky image shows the distribution of the galactic haze seen by ESA's Planck mission at microwave frequencies superimposed over the high-energy sky, as seen by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.
This all-sky image shows the distribution of the galactic haze seen by ESA's Planck mission at microwave frequencies superimposed over the high-energy sky, as seen by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

Galactic Haze seen by Planck and Galactic 'Bubbles' seen by Fermi

This all-sky image shows the distribution of the galactic haze seen by ESA's Planck mission at microwave frequencies superimposed over the high-energy sky, as seen by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
Instrument: Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, Planck LFI-HFI
ID#: PIA15229
Added: 2012-02-13

Views: 5029

Galactic Haze seen by Planck and Galactic 'Bubbles' seen by Fermi

This all-sky image shows the distribution of the galactic haze seen by ESA's Planck mission at microwave frequencies superimposed over the high-energy sky, as seen by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

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This all-sky image shows the spatial distribution over the whole sky of the galactic haze at 30 and 44 GHz, extracted from the Planck observations.
This all-sky image shows the spatial distribution over the whole sky of the galactic haze at 30 and 44 GHz, extracted from the Planck observations.

The Mysterious Galactic Haze seen by Planck

This all-sky image shows the spatial distribution over the whole sky of the galactic haze at 30 and 44 GHz, extracted from the Planck observations.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
Instrument: Planck LFI-HFI
ID#: PIA15228
Added: 2012-02-13

Views: 4634

The Mysterious Galactic Haze seen by Planck

This all-sky image shows the spatial distribution over the whole sky of the galactic haze at 30 and 44 GHz, extracted from the Planck observations.

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This all-sky image shows the distribution of carbon monoxide (CO), a molecule used by astronomers to trace molecular clouds across the sky, as seen by Planck.
This all-sky image shows the distribution of carbon monoxide (CO), a molecule used by astronomers to trace molecular clouds across the sky, as seen by Planck.

All-sky Image of Molecular Gas and Three Molecular Cloud Complexes seen by Planck

This all-sky image shows the distribution of carbon monoxide (CO), a molecule used by astronomers to trace molecular clouds across the sky, as seen by Planck.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
Instrument: High Frequency Instrument
ID#: PIA15227
Added: 2012-02-13

Views: 5519

All-sky Image of Molecular Gas and Three Molecular Cloud Complexes seen by Planck

This all-sky image shows the distribution of carbon monoxide (CO), a molecule used by astronomers to trace molecular clouds across the sky, as seen by Planck.

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This map illustrates the numerous star-forming clouds, called cold cores, that European Space Agency's Planck observed throughout our Milky Way galaxy. Planck detected around 10,000 of these cores, thousands of which had never been seen before.
This map illustrates the numerous star-forming clouds, called cold cores, that European Space Agency's Planck observed throughout our Milky Way galaxy. Planck detected around 10,000 of these cores, thousands of which had never been seen before.

Clumps of Cold Stuff Across the Sky

This map illustrates the numerous star-forming clouds, called cold cores, that European Space Agency's Planck observed throughout our Milky Way galaxy. Planck detected around 10,000 of these cores, thousands of which had never been seen before.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
ID#: PIA13779
Added: 2011-01-11

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Clumps of Cold Stuff Across the Sky

This map illustrates the numerous star-forming clouds, called cold cores, that European Space Agency's Planck observed throughout our Milky Way galaxy. Planck detected around 10,000 of these cores, thousands of which had never been seen before.

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This image of the microwave sky was synthesized using data spanning the range of light frequencies detected by ESA's Planck. A vast portion of the sky is dominated by the diffuse emission from gas and dust in our Milky Way galaxy.
This image of the microwave sky was synthesized using data spanning the range of light frequencies detected by ESA's Planck. A vast portion of the sky is dominated by the diffuse emission from gas and dust in our Milky Way galaxy.

Planck's View of the Whole Sky

This image of the microwave sky was synthesized using data spanning the range of light frequencies detected by ESA's Planck. A vast portion of the sky is dominated by the diffuse emission from gas and dust in our Milky Way galaxy.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
Instrument: Planck LFI-HFI
ID#: PIA13239
Added: 2010-07-06

Views: 5524

Planck's View of the Whole Sky

This image of the microwave sky was synthesized using data spanning the range of light frequencies detected by ESA's Planck. A vast portion of the sky is dominated by the diffuse emission from gas and dust in our Milky Way galaxy.

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The big Hunter in the sky is seen in a new light by Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation. The long-wavelength image shows most of the constellation Orion, highlighting turbid clouds of cold material.
The big Hunter in the sky is seen in a new light by Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation. The long-wavelength image shows most of the constellation Orion, highlighting turbid clouds of cold material.

Planck's View of Orion

The big Hunter in the sky is seen in a new light by Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation. The long-wavelength image shows most of the constellation Orion, highlighting turbid clouds of cold material.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck Telescope
Instrument: Planck LFI-HFI
ID#: PIA13066
Added: 2010-04-26

Views: 12625

Planck's View of Orion

The big Hunter in the sky is seen in a new light by Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation. The long-wavelength image shows most of the constellation Orion, highlighting turbid clouds of cold material.

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A low activity, star-formation region in the constellation Perseus, as seen by the European Space Agency's Planck.
A low activity, star-formation region in the constellation Perseus, as seen by the European Space Agency's Planck.

Planck Sees Perseus

A low activity, star-formation region in the constellation Perseus, as seen by the European Space Agency's Planck.

Target: Perseus
Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck Telescope
Instrument: Planck LFI-HFI
ID#: PIA13065
Added: 2010-04-26

Views: 6616

Planck Sees Perseus

A low activity, star-formation region in the constellation Perseus, as seen by the European Space Agency's Planck.

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This three-color combination constructed from ESA Planck's two highest frequency channels and an image obtained with the NASA's Infrared Astronomical Satellite shows local dust structures within 500 light-years of the sun.
This three-color combination constructed from ESA Planck's two highest frequency channels and an image obtained with the NASA's Infrared Astronomical Satellite shows local dust structures within 500 light-years of the sun.

Tendrils of Cold Dust

This three-color combination constructed from ESA Planck's two highest frequency channels and an image obtained with the NASA's Infrared Astronomical Satellite shows local dust structures within 500 light-years of the sun.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS)
ID#: PIA12964
Added: 2010-03-17

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Tendrils of Cold Dust

This three-color combination constructed from ESA Planck's two highest frequency channels and an image obtained with the NASA's Infrared Astronomical Satellite shows local dust structures within 500 light-years of the sun.

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Filamentary structures in our Milky Way galaxy are apparent at large scales, as shown in this ESA image from Planck image, on the right, and small scales as seen the Herschel image on the left.
Filamentary structures in our Milky Way galaxy are apparent at large scales, as shown in this ESA image from Planck image, on the right, and small scales as seen the Herschel image on the left.

Milky Way Dust at Different Scales

Filamentary structures in our Milky Way galaxy are apparent at large scales, as shown in this ESA image from Planck image, on the right, and small scales as seen the Herschel image on the left.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
Instrument: High Frequency Instrument
ID#: PIA12963
Added: 2010-03-17

Views: 4369

Milky Way Dust at Different Scales

Filamentary structures in our Milky Way galaxy are apparent at large scales, as shown in this ESA image from Planck image, on the right, and small scales as seen the Herschel image on the left.

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One of Planck's first images is shown as a strip superimposed over a two dimensional projection of the whole sky as seen in visible light.
One of Planck's first images is shown as a strip superimposed over a two dimensional projection of the whole sky as seen in visible light.

Planck's First Glimpse at the Universe

One of Planck's first images is shown as a strip superimposed over a two dimensional projection of the whole sky as seen in visible light.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck
Instrument: LFI/HFI
ID#: PIA12206
Added: 2009-09-17

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Planck's First Glimpse at the Universe

One of Planck's first images is shown as a strip superimposed over a two dimensional projection of the whole sky as seen in visible light.

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