News tagged with cosmic microwave background

Record-setting X-ray jet discovered

A jet of X-rays from a supermassive black hole 12.4 billion light years from Earth has been detected by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This is the most distant X-ray jet ever observed and gives astronomers ...

Nov 28, 2012 5 / 5 (5) 4 | with audio podcast

Setting a trap for gravity waves

In 1996 Uros Seljak was a postdoc at Harvard, contemplating ways to extract information from the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The distribution of anisotropies, slight temperature differences, in the ...

Mar 19, 2014 4.8 / 5 (19) 12

Are the BICEP2 results invalid? Probably not

Recently rumors have been flying that the BICEP2 results regarding the cosmic inflationary period may be invalid. It all started with a post by Dan Falkowski on his blog Resonaances, where he claimed that the BICEP2 had misinterpreted some data, which render ...

May 20, 2014 4.5 / 5 (28) 26

Europe's Planck telescope retires

The deep-space Planck telescope was switched off Wednesday after a successful 4.5-year mission that revealed our Universe to be 80 million years older than previously thought, the European Space Agency said.

Oct 23, 2013 4.8 / 5 (4) 0