Tag: cosmic inflation

  • The magnetic sky

    On May 6, the team behind the now-inoperative Planck space telescope released a map of the magnetic field pervading the Milky Way galaxy. Titled ‘Milky Way’s Magnetic Fingerprint’, the map incorporates two textures to visualize the magnetic field’s dual qualities: striations for direction and shading for intensity. Planck was able to measure the polarization by studying…

  • Our universe, the poor man’s accelerator

    That cosmic inflation may have happened at a higher-than-anticipated energy means physicists have access to the young universe through astronomical data.