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Planck reveals an almost perfect Universe !

Date: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 | 16:00 - 16:18 GMT | 17:00 - 17:18 CET

Replay: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 | 07:30 - 07:48 GMT | 08:30 - 08:48 CET

Type: ESA TV Exchange

Format: 16:9

ESA has released a new map that challenges some of the fundamental principles of the Big Bang theory.

This latest mapping of the Cosmic Micro Wave Background from Planck - ESA's mission to investigate the origins of the Universe – shows some unexpected large scale anomalies in the sky. These simply don’t fit with existing theories about the beginnings and expansion of the universe. With its extreme accuracy, Planck was expected to revolutionise our understanding of the birth, evolution and ultimate fate of our Universe and now scientists might have to rethink some of the underlying theories of how the Universe began, and how it is evolving.

This video presents the new Cosmic Microwave Background map and includes interviews with Jan Tauber, ESA’s Planck Project Scientist and George Efstathiou, Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge.



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