Planck by Planck

Planck by Planck

The upcoming ESA mission will study the cosmic microwave background radiation for clues about the dawn of time

By Ron Cowen, 07:56 AM March 26, 2009

Editor's note: This story was originally posted April 11. The mission successfully launched May 14.

Pssst!  Want to see the birth of the universe?

Astronomers say it’s not a scam. The launch of the European Space Agency’s Planck mission, set for May 6, will put into orbit a new tool —the microwave equivalent of polarized sunglasses — that may offer a view of the dawn of time.

Before the first galaxies, before the first stars, there was light —the brilliant glow of radiation created during the B...

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