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Goodbye Big Bang, Hello Black Hole? A New Theory Of The Universe’s Creation

by Elizabeth Howell September 18, 2013

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Could the famed “Big Bang” theory need a revision? A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a four-dimensional star collapsed into a black hole and ejected debris. Before getting into their findings, let’s just […]

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Planck Spacecraft Loses Its Cool(ant) But Keeps Going

by Nancy Atkinson January 17, 2012

After two and a half years of observing the Cosmic Microwave Background, the ESA Planck spacecraft’s High Frequency Instrument ran out of its on-board coolant gases over this past weekend, reaching the end of its very successful mission. But that doesn’t mean the end for Planck observations. The Low Frequency Instrument, which does not need […]

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Planck Reveals Giant Dust Structures in our Local Neighborhood

by Nancy Atkinson March 17, 2010

Dust has never looked so beautiful! This new image from the Planck spacecraft shows giant filaments of cold dust stretching through our galaxy. The image spans about 50 degrees of the sky, showing our local neighborhood within approximately 500 light-years of the Sun. “What makes these structures have these particular shapes is not well understood,” […]

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