Cosmic Microwave Background: Big Bang Relic Explained (Infographic)  by Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

Cosmic Microwave Background: Big Bang Relic Explained (Infographic) by Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

The Cosmic Microwave Background radiation tells us the age and composition of the universe. See what the CMB means for our understanding of the universe in this SPACE.com infographic.

The Cosmic Microwave Background radiation tells us the age and composition of the universe. See what the CMB means for our understanding of the universe in this SPACE.com infographic.

Galaxy Cluster Gas Creates Hole in Microwave Background

Galaxy Cluster Gas Creates Hole in Microwave Background

An almost-equal mix of matter and antimatter annihilated away in the early Universe, giving rise to just a slight excess of matter over antimatter.

Where Is The Cosmic Microwave Background?

An almost-equal mix of matter and antimatter annihilated away in the early Universe, giving rise to just a slight excess of matter over antimatter.

Planck's All-Sky Map vs. Standard Model Credit: ESA and the Planck Collaboration  This European Space Agency graphic shows a map of the universe that depicts the anomalies seen when comparing the Planck space observatory's map of the universe's cosmic microwave background and the standard model of the cosmos. Image released March 21, 2013.

Planck's All-Sky Map vs. Standard Model Credit: ESA and the Planck Collaboration This European Space Agency graphic shows a map of the universe that depicts the anomalies seen when comparing the Planck space observatory's map of the universe's cosmic microwave background and the standard model of the cosmos. Image released March 21, 2013.

Study may have found evidence of alternate, parallel universes. While mapping the Cosmic Microwave Background, scientists found a mysterious glow that is thought to possibly be matter "leaking" in from a different universe.

Study may have found evidence of alternate, parallel universes. While mapping the Cosmic Microwave Background, scientists found a mysterious glow that is thought to possibly be matter "leaking" in from a different universe.

First Planck results: the Universe is still weird and interesting

First Planck results: the Universe is still weird and interesting

The most detailed map ever created of the cosmic microwave background – the relic radiation from the Big Bang – was released today revealing the existence of features that challenge the foundations of our current understanding of the Universe.

A map of the earliest light in the universe, the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). Click to read article.

The 'Best Map Ever of the Universe'

A map of the earliest light in the universe, the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). Click to read article.

Galaxy Cluster Gas Creates Hole in Microwave Background in the massive galaxy cluster RX J1347.5-1145.

Galaxy Cluster Gas Creates Hole in Microwave Background in the massive galaxy cluster RX J1347.5-1145.

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