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WMAP - A Glimpse of the Early UniverseThe early Universe was incredibly hot, dense, and homogeneous. A powerful probe of this time is provided by the relic radiation which we refer to today as the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). Images produced from this light contain the earliest glimpse of the Universe after the "Big Bang" and the signature of the evolution of its contents. By exploiting these clues, precise constraints on the age, mass density, and geometry of the early Universe can be derived. The history of this intriguing cosmological detective story will be reviewed. Recent results from NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) will be presented.
Document ID
20090026591
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Wollack, Edward (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
June 25, 2009
Subject Category
Astrophysics
Meeting Information
Teachers Workshop, Norfolk State University(Norfolk, VA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.