Colloquium on 30 July 2013
The echo of the Big Bang as seen by the Planck satellite

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Title: The echo of the Big Bang as seen by the Planck satellite
Speaker: Martin Kunz (University of Geneva)
Date: Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Venue: SAAO Auditorium

Abstract

Earlier this year ESA’s Planck space telescope released the most detailed map ever created of the cosmic microwave background – the relic radiation from the Big Bang. The map shows the Universe at a time when it was just 380 000 years old, and the tiny fluctuations that it contains represent the seeds of all future structure: the stars and galaxies of today. The new data by the Planck satellite agree quite well with the cosmological standard model, and we will see what this implies for our understanding of the Universe. But we will also encounter some surprises in the Planck data that may eventually force us to reconsider some of our basic assumptions.

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