New Tool for Astronomers – Second Planck Catalogue of Compact Sources Released 09 July 2015 ESA's Planck mission is the source for a new catalogue, eagerly awaited by the scientific community, and available online from today. The Second Planck Catalogue of Compact Sources uses data from the entire mission to identify tens of thousands of compact sources, as well as providing polarisation data for several hundred of them. Read more
Planck will help provide answers to some of the most important questions in modern science: how did the Universe begin, how did it evolve to the state we observe today, and how will it continue to evolve in the future? Planck's objective is to analyse, with the highest accuracy ever achieved, the remnants of the radiation that filled the Universe immediately after the Big Bang - this we observe today as the Cosmic Microwave Background.
Herschel and Planck find missing clue to galaxy cluster formation 31 March 2015 By combining observations of the distant Universe made with ESA's Herschel and Planck space observatories, cosmologists have discovered what could be the precursors of the vast clusters of galaxies that we see today. Read more
Planck scientists awarded prestigious EPS Edison Volta Prize 30 March 2015 Three scientific leaders of ESA's Planck mission have been awarded the 2015 EPS Edison Volta Prize for outstanding contributions to physics. The prize acknowledges the crucial roles of Nazzareno Mandolesi, Jean-Loup Puget and Jan Tauber in directing the development of the Planck payload and the analysis of its data. Read more
A Joint Analysis of BICEP2/Keck Array and Planck Data - preprint 02 February 2015 The BICEP2/Keck Array and Planck Collaborations began a joint analysis of BICEP2/Keck Array data in mid-2014, and the results are reported here. Read more
Planck cosmology results 2013 29 October 2014 The scientific findings of the mission are presented in a series of papers based on data from the first 15.5 months of Planck operations. The results are produced by the Planck Collaboration. The papers are published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics and are available online. Read more
A&A Special Issue: Planck early results 14 March 2012 The December 2011 volume of Astronomy & Astrophysics contained a special feature dedicated to early results from the ESA Planck mission. A collection of 26 articles presents the first year of operations of Planck and the performance of its payload: the Early Release Compact Source Catalogue, ERCSC; first scientific results based on the ERCSC, covering both galactic and extragalactic sources; and first scientific results based on the maps used as input for the production of the ERCSC. Jan Tauber, ESA's Planck Project Scientist, coordinated this special feature. Read more
A&A Special Issue: Pre-launch status of Planck mission 05 December 2011 This A&A issue features 13 articles describing the pre-flight status of the European Space Agency Planck mission. Read more