Brain Post: Universe Found to be 100 Million Years Older than Previously Thought

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The new understanding of our universe.

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The European Space Agency’s Planck space observatory has been in space since May 2009.  The Planck’s mission was to capture images of the left over radiation (Cosmic Microwave Background) from the formation of the universe that is still floating around in our universe in order to get an idea about when our universe was created and what it is made of.  On March 21st, 2013, the information its been gathering was released and it’s game changing.

The detailed, all-sky picture of the infant universe
The detailed, all-sky picture of the infant universe


– The Universe is 13.81 billion years old, not 13.7 billion years old as previously thought

– The make up of the Universe is only 4.9% matter

– The Universe is composed of 26.8% Dark Matter and 68.3% Dark Energy (We still don’t know what Dark Matter and Dark Energy are…)

– The Universe is expanding more slowly than previously thought

– The Universe is somewhat lopsided (which has huge implications)

Ok, now you can bust this out at dinner tonight and impress the hell outta your people.

learn a ton more here:  Planck Space Observatory Findings


the Planck satellite
the Planck satellite

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