How Planck space telescope might help us grasp reality

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An artist's rendering of the European Planck space observatory.
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This information may push our observational investigations to within a fraction of a second of our universe's birth. While we would inch ever closer to a consistent and explanatory model of reality, the philosophical gap between an observable universe's origins and a reality's origins would still be tough to close. In fact, the assumption that reality is the type of thing that can have a beginning is just that, an assumption. What was reality doing a day before the Big Bang? might turn out to be a perfectly coherent question as our understanding of our origins becomes ever more clear. And asking these types of questions and garnering evidence with telescopes like Planck might turn out to be our only path to answering our initial, existential query: how did reality get here?

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