ESA Planck spacecraft Milky Way CMB observation suggests first stars born 100m years late

February 6, 2015 6:36 AM

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According to new findings from the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite, the first starts in the universe could have formed about 100 million years later than most scientists have previously estimated. The observations of the CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background) polarization now suggest that the Dark Ages might have ended some 550 million years after the Big Bang, instead of previous estimates of some 420 million years later.

The Planck satellite’s continued studies and the sky maps have resulted in several research publications in the last couple of years. The recent data will also result in new papers and add to the scientific understanding of a view of the galaxy, describing dark matter and the neutrinos.

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