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WMAP reveals the FIRST SECOND of the Universe.
Seven Year Microwave Sky.
The detailed, all-sky picture of the infant universe created from seven years of WMAP data. The image reveals 13.7 billion year old temperature fluctuations (shown as color differences) that correspond to the seeds that grew to become the galaxies. The signal from the our Galaxy was subtracted using the multi-frequency data. This image shows a temperature range of ± 200 microKelvin.
According to this data the Universe is 13.75 ±0.11 bln. years old. The existence of unexplained energy asymmetry for small scale activity has been confirmed, half the sky 'starkly differing' from the other. Most notably there is a quadruplar effect of power vaying over 4 quadrants. This is also asymmetric in frequency banding. The main peak seems to have an exraordinary correlation with the ecliptic pole, the planets orbital direction round the sun. The reports stress the results may not necessarily be considered 'anomalous' as such, but nonetheless have not yet found and are investigating possible causes. The only known theory this seems to correlate at all closely with is the Discrete Field Model (DFM), the 2009 Phenominology and Dark Matter based Reality/Locality unification model, which has not yet been widely analysed.
The other confirmation of major significance is of the total amount of matter/energy in the Universe in the form of Dark Energy - 72.1% (within 1.5%) as non 'particle' background, and Dark Matter - 23.3% (within 1.3%) of non baryonic (sub atomic) 'particle' energy. This leaves matter, or baryonic particles (atoms) at only 4.3% (within 0.1%).
Release Date: January 26, 2010
Credit: NASA/WMAP Science Team
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