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Planck steps closer to the cosmic blueprint

17 February 2012

All-sky image showing the distribution of carbon monoxide (CO). Image courtesy of ESA
All-sky image showing the distribution of carbon monoxide (CO)

ESA’s Planck mission has revealed that our Galaxy contains previously undiscovered islands of cold gas and a mysterious haze of microwaves. These results give scientists new treasure to mine and take them closer to revealing the blueprint of cosmic structure.

The new results are being presented this week at an international conference in Bologna, Italy, where astronomers from around the world are discussing the mission’s intermediate results.

For further information, please see the ESA website http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Planck/SEM0FLYXHYG_0.html