Planck reveals an almost perfect Universe
2013-03-22 0:00

By Stuart Clark | The Guardian

The map of the oldest light in the universe shows intriguing deviations from expectations. Will these oddities be explained away or are we at the beginning of a revolution in cosmology?


The map of the cosmic microwave background radiation revealed today by the European Space Agency’s Planck mission.

Today is a great day. The European Space Agency has released the most precise map so far of the oldest light in the universe. The best news is that is reveals an ’almost perfect universe’. By that they mean it almost conforms to expectations – but not quite.

While the basic ’big bang’ picture of our universe’s birth is confirmed, the unexplained aspects of the data are where the real excitement lies because these could be signposts to new physics. At the press conference this morning, Professor George Efstathiou, University of Cambridge, UK said that the Planck data showed that, ’Cosmology is not finished.’

In an accompanying video, he even speculates that some of the strange data could be evidence of physics that took place before the big bang. This explosive origin has traditionally been thought to be the beginning of space and time.

Although now called the big bang, Belgian cosmologist Georges Lemaître, who was the first to mathematically investigate the origin of the universe, wistfully referred to it as the ’day without yesterday’. If Efstathiou is right, however, the big bang did have a yesterday after all.

ESA say that this new map of the cosmic microwave background ’challenges some of the fundamental principles of the big bang theory.’ It does this by confirming the existence of features in the map that cannot be explained by prevailing theory.

The first strange feature is that the universe’s temperature appears to fluctuate more on one side of the universe than the other.

Secondly, there is definitely a ’cold spot’ in the universe that extends over an area of space much larger than expected.

A third challenge is that the large scale temperature fluctuations across the entire universe are smaller than those expected from the fluctuations measured at smaller scales.

The theory that these observations challenge is called inflation. It postulates that a tiny fraction of a second after the big bang, the universe underwent a sudden catastrophic expansion. This behaviour was invented to explain why the temperature of the microwave background appeared, at the time, to be so uniform across the entire universe, and on all cosmic scales.

Now, Planck is showing that the temperature, and the fluctuations in it, are not as uniform as thought.

Another problem with inflation is that it lacks a theoretical underpinning from fundamental physics. In other words, no one can find a convincing explanation for why the universe would suddenly expand just after the big bang.

The anomalies in the Planck map announced today could be the extra clues that are needed to urge inflation into a fully fledged theory, or they could provide nails for its coffin.

Time will tell, and either way, we will have made progress.

More data is expected from Planck in about a year’s time.

Article from: guardian.co.uk





Tune into Red Ice Radio:

Paul A. LaViolette - Earth Under Fire, Galactic Superwaves & Subquantum Kinetics

Jim Gardner - The Intelligent Universe, Bio-Cosm, ET, AI and Evolution

Holger Bech Nielsen - CERN, Quantum Theory, String Theory, Time Travel, Higgs Boson & "god"

Michael Sharp - A Strong Theory of Consciousness, Consciousness & The Ascension Process

Donald E. Scott - The Electric Sky

David Talbott - Lightning Scarred Planet Mars & The Electric Sun





Related Articles
Planck’s most detailed map ever reveals an almost perfect Universe


Latest News from our Front Page

Why a Caucasian-Japanese is not Percieved as Japanese
2015-08-04 2:15
The Japan Times has a hilarious article about a White guy who is angry and upset at the horrible and racist world we live in because customs agents and border agents are questioning his "right to be Japanese." It's seems that Debito Arodou's experience at border crossings suggest that no one takes a White guy seriously, for claiming to be Japanese. Hmm, ...
"Open the border - we're going to the UK!" Chanting mob of 200 storm Eurotunnel
2015-08-04 1:25
Migrants make their way towards the Tunnel entrance in the early hours of Sunday morning An organised mob of 200 migrants charged into the Calais entrance of the Channel Tunnel early yesterday, chanting ‘open the borders’ and demanding to be allowed into Britain. They tore down fences and charged past police, who retaliated by spraying tear gas. When the migrants were finally ...
Forgotten British Heroes Campaign
2015-08-04 0:16
The text of the letter from the Forgotten British Heroes Campaign to the Israel ambassador in London, Daniel Taub. This will be delivered to the Israel Embassy on Saturday 1st August, the day on which the Campaign will hold a wreath-laying and then a meeting at the site of a notorious Zionist terrorist bombing near to Trafalgar Square (the former British ...
Baltimore Murders Tie Records After Freddie Gray Killing, 45 Killed In July To Make It The Deadliest Month In At Least 45 Years
2015-08-03 23:14
The number of people murdered in Baltimore hit a record-tying 45 homicides for the month of July, the Baltimore Sun is reporting. The number is an uptick that follows a trend of increased violence in the city in the months after the Baltimore riots that resulted from the death of unarmed black man Freddie Gray on April 12. The increased violence in Baltimore, which was already one ...
Executive arrested over disappearance of $390 million in Bitcoins
2015-08-03 23:38
Mark Karpeles, head of collapsed MTGox Bitcoin exchange held by Japanese police Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpeles, head of the collapsed MtGox Bitcoin exchange, over the disappearance of about $390 (£250 million) worth of the virtual currency, local media said. France-born Karpeles, 30, is suspected of having accessed the exchange's computer system and falsifying data on its outstanding balance, ...
More News »