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Universe Data, Radiation Mapped In New 'Baby Picture' Of Universe, Astrophysicists Say

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Astronomers have released a new 'baby picture' of the universe. The all-sky image draws on nine years' worth of data from a now-retired spacecraft dubbed the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP). 'We are just a speck in the vastness of the universe, so it is amazing that we have the ability to answer fundamental questions about the vast universe around us, but the WMAP team has done just that.' 'It was possible because we can detect and study the ancient light, the oldest light in the universe.' 'The universe encoded its autobiography in the microwave patterns we observe across the whole sky,' Bennett said in a statement. The spacecraft has been instrumental in pushing forward cosmological theories about the nature and origin of the universe.'When we decoded it, the universe revealed its history and contents. It is stunning to see everything fall into place.'

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