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The Universe Is Directionless, Study Finds

The left panel shows an anisotropic imprint on the cosmic microwave background; the middle panel shows the small-scale variations in the CMB; the right panel shows the combination of those two. Credit: D. Saadeh, S. M. Feeney, A. Pontzen, H. V. Peiris, J. D. McEwen

Endless: This all-sky view of the entire near-infrared sky reveals the distribution of galaxies beyond the Milky Way. The image is derived from the 2MASS Extended Source Catalog, which contains more than 1.5 million galaxies, and the Point Source Catalog, which holds nearly 500 million stars within the Milky Way. The galaxies are color coded for distances obtained by various surveys. The nearest sources are blue, moderately distant sources are green, and red represents the farthest so


Squeezing more information out of the cosmic microwave background

Squeezing more information out of the cosmic microwave background While waiting for Planck, researchers are using CMB to spot galaxy clusters.

The Cosmic Microwave Background radiation tells us the age and composition of the universe. See what the CMB means for our understanding of the universe in this infographic.

Could we prove parallel universes exist?

Cosmologist Dr Eugene Lim, from King's College London, says if multiple universes inhabit the same physical space as our own, they will collide and leave traces in the cosmic microwave background.