Universe 

WMAP's Portrait of the Early Universe

Scientists using NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe (WMAP) have created the most detailed portrait of the infant Universe. By capturing the afterglow of the Big Bang, called the cosmic microwave background (CMB), we now believe the Universe to be 13.7 billion years old. Encoded in these patterns is much—anticipated information about the fundamental properties of the early Universe. WMAP launched on June 30, 2001.


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Credits

Dana Berry (Skyworks Digital): Lead Animator
Erica Drezek (HTSI): Writer
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SVS >> Astrophysics
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SVS >> Cosmology
SVS >> Big Bang
SVS >> WMAP
SVS >> Universe
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