Planck telescope reveals image of the universe

275x250.jpg Space boffins have used a telescope 930,000 miles away to take an image of the universe showing the oldest light in the cosmos.

Europe's Planck telescope recorded a series images at very long wavelengths meaning they showed the furthest reaches of space and time.

The resulting image - which took six months to assemble - shows everything from the Milky Way to relic radiation and even the universe's oldest light.

It's hoped the image could even reveal what happened moments after the Big Bang… and not just end up as a screensaver for geeks everywhere.
275x250.jpg “This is the moment that Planck was conceived for,” says ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, David Southwood.

“We’re not giving the answer. We are opening the door to an Eldorado where scientists can seek the nuggets that will lead to deeper understanding of how our Universe came to be and how it works now.

"The image itself and its remarkable quality is a tribute to the engineers who built and have operated Planck. Now the scientific harvest must begin.”

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