The Planck satellite has captured a stunning image of the universe.

The European Space Agency‘s Planck satellite has captured the ‘afterglow’ of the Big Bang, the first light to be produced when matter began to form following the Big Bang some 13 billion years ago. The Planck satellite was launched to map the cosmic microwave background radiation in every part of the known universe, and the first image (see above) was produced following the satellite’s first full-scan of the entire sky. The image shows radiation from our Milky Way galaxy as a streak of white light running through the middle, while radiation given off by the dust and hot gas of interstellar space are shown as the blue and red regions.

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