PLANCK ALERT: The Veils Come Off March 21st

The first cosmology data release from the Planck mission will take place March 21, 2013 in Paris, at 10 AM CET (4 AM EST).

The Planck results presented will include the world’s highest resolution all-sky map showing the detailed patterns in the remnant radiation left over from the Big Bang some 13 billion years ago. To create the map, the Planck scientists removed the bright foreground emissions to reveal this first light of the universe, released from the grip of matter when the universe was just 380,000 years old. This image lifts seven “veils” of Galactic and extragalactic foregrounds off the sky.

CITA faculty J. Richard (Dick) Bond and Peter Martin are leading investigators in the Planck Collaboration, Bond on the cosmology revealed when the veils of the Galaxy are removed, and Martin on the foreground veils and what they tell us about the interstellar medium in our Milky Way galaxy. Bond has been working on Planck for 20 years.

Planck’s map of the cosmic microwave background over the whole sky is the best ever made. By analysing it in detail, scientists have made important findings about the composition and structure of the Universe as it evolved from its birth to the present day and beyond. These results will be presented March 21st.

Planck was launched in May 2009 and its first all-sky image, including emissions from the Milky Way, was presented in July 2010. The first scientific dataset was released in January 2011.

For further information please contact

Alison Rose, O.Ont. CITA Outreach & Communications Coordinator cell 416-997-1625

How Planck scans the sky on YouTube
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