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WMAP Three Year Polarized CMB Sky
Three Year Polarized CMB Sky

WMAP three year picture of the infant universe. Colors indicate "warmer" (red) and "cooler" (blue) spots. The white bars show the "polarization" direction of the oldest light. This new information helps to pinpoint when the first stars formed and provides new clues about events that transpired in the first trillionth of a second of the universe.

Credit: NASA / WMAP Science Team

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