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ESA BR-347: Planck - Science and Legacy

ESA BR-347: Planck - Science and Legacy

Publication date: 11 November 2020

Journal: ESA Brochure
Volume: 347
Year: 2020

Copyright: ESA

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This brochure summarises the Planck mission and gives a glimpse of its main achievements.

Planck set out to map the very faint anisotropies in the Cosmic Microwave Background to an angular resolution and sensitivity that would exhaust all the cosmological information that can be extracted from them. In addition Planck has mapped the much fainter polarised fraction of these same anisotropies. The resulting maps of the sky contain traces from the very earliest times, revealing the recipe that embodies our most precise understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Universe that we inhabit.


  • Foreword
  • Making sense of the Universe
  • The early Universe
  • The Planck mission
  • An almost perfect Universe
  • Planck's view of the Cosmic Microwave Background
  • The big and the small
  • Structure formation and gravitational lensing
  • The first stars
  • Mapping foreground emission from the Milky Way
  • A lasting legacy


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