Friday, March 22, 2013

Planck - the mission, not the exercise, this is awesome

from facebook's I fucking love science:

Analysis of data from the European Space Agency’s Planck mission has found out some pretty cool new things about our universe, including:

- It's older than we believed, at about 13.81 billion years.
- It's expanding more slowly than we expected.
- It's made up of 4.9 percent normal matter, 26.8 percent dark matter, and 68.3 percent dark energy.
- And finally, that it's a tiny bit lopsided.
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and from the same site, which puts the above in a very real and sobering context:

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