Universe 80M Years Older Than We Thought
Scientists get most accurate look yet at Big Bang-era radiation
By Kevin Spak, Newser User | Suggested by AstroDude
Posted Mar 21, 2013 3:31 PM CDT
This image released March 21 by the ESA and Planck Collaboration shows the afterglow of the Big Bang, the cosmic microwave background, as detected by the European Space Agency's Planck space probe.   (AP Photo/ESA, Planck Collaboration via NASA)

(Newser) – The universe has been around just a bit longer than we've given it credit for. Scientists today unveiled the most accurate data ever recorded from the radiation left over from the milliseconds after the Big Bang, revealing that the universe is roughly 80 million years older than advertised, Science News reports. Of course, that only amounts to a 0.5% difference given that the universe is around 13.81 billion years old.

But that was far from the only finding of value. The data comes from the Planck space telescope, and combines to form a kind of map of the universe. "It might look like a dirty rugby ball, but some cosmologists would have given up their children to get a copy of this map," says one University of Cambridge cosmologist. Among the puzzling findings: Half of the sky appears to have more fluctuations than the other, contradicting the theory that the universe should look nearly identical in all directions.

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Mar 24, 2013 8:12 AM CDT
I HATE Jesus. I HATE Jesus. I HATE Jesus. I HATE Jesus. I HATE Jesus. I HATE Jesus. I HATE Jesus. Just look at the devastation he caused. Because of Jesus you Christians can kill Jews. This is the season, Easter, when you started killing Jews and you have not stopped yet. Don't you see that believing in a book that bigots wrote makes you bigots. Only idiots believe that the universe is 5000 years old. Only idiots believe in only one book out of the millions of books that have been written.
Mar 24, 2013 7:46 AM CDT
Bible thumpers, see the truth. Throw away your Bibles and see the light.
Mar 23, 2013 3:37 PM CDT
Don't know what the big deal is, people getting upset over how old the universe is. Doesn't really matter as far as it concerns the earth and humankind. The question is, what existed BEFORE the universe as it came into existence, and how did THAT come to exist, ad infinitum ? We humans can only interpret the universe as we are designed to be able to. We are so so arrogant to believe our minds are even capable of grasping it all. For instance, perhaps the " big bang " has occurred over and over more times than humans are capable of grasping, each time, the universe expanding again for longer than we can grasp until it self destructs, collapsing on itself once again. Each time,giving birth to at least one earth like planet which eventually gives birth to an intelligent life form. Maybe human beings are far down on the list of life that has" existed ". And really, how would knowing that effect us ? We can only concern ourselves with our own lifespans. That doesn't mean we should not try to learn as much as we can about our universe, but I think whatever answers we find , they will always lead to more questions.