Herschel and Planck find missing clue to galaxy cluster formation31 March 2015 By combining observations of the distant Universe made with ESA’s Herschel and Planck space observatories, cosmologists have discovered what could be the precursors of the vast clusters of galaxies that we see today.
Planck reveals first stars were born late05 February 2015
Planck reveals first stars were born late05 February 2015 New maps from ESA’s Planck satellite uncover the ‘polarised’ light from the early Universe across the entire sky, revealing that the first stars formed much later than previously thought.
Planck: gravitational waves remain elusive30 January 2015
Planck: gravitational waves remain elusive30 January 2015 Despite earlier reports of a possible detection, a joint analysis of data from ESA’s Planck satellite and the ground-based BICEP2 and Keck Array experiments has found no conclusive evidence of primordial gravitational waves.
Planck takes magnetic fingerprint of our Galaxy06 May 2014 Our Galaxy’s magnetic field is revealed in a new image from ESA’s Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of ‘polarised’ light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.
Last command sent to ESA’s Planck space telescope23 October 2013
Last command sent to ESA’s Planck space telescope23 October 2013 ESA’s Planck space telescope has been turned off after nearly 4.5 years soaking up the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the evolution of stars and galaxies throughout the Universe’s history.
Planck on course for safe retirement21 October 2013
Planck on course for safe retirement21 October 2013 In preparation for its final switch-off on 23 October, mission controllers today fired Planck’s thrusters to empty its fuel tanks. The burn is one of the final steps to ensure that Planck ends its hugely successful mission in a permanently safe config...