European Space Agency releases image of universe in its infancy

03/21/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Scientists released an image of the universe at a mere 370,000 years after the Big Bang, and in its infancy, the cosmos appears fatter with more matter than previously believed. The image, taken by the European Space Agency's Planck satellite, reveals the universe to be about 80 million to 100 million years older than earlier estimates. "The extraordinary quality of Planck's portrait of the infant universe allows us to peel back its layers to the very foundations, revealing that our blueprint of the cosmos is far from complete," said Jean-Jacques Dordain, the ESA's director general.

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