Cosmic microwave background, WMAP image

Cosmic microwave background, WMAP image

R980/0276 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 35.1MB

Downloadable file size: 1.5MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Cosmic microwave background. WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe) spacecraft whole sky image of cosmic microwave background. This map indicates that the age of the universe is around 13.7 billion years and that the universe is expanding at a rate of about 71 kilometres per second per megaparsec (1 Mpc = 3262 light years). The colours represent the varying densities of the early universe as it was about 380,000 years after its formation. The denser regions (red, yellow) formed the seeds of galaxies and other structures. The WMAP sky survey commenced on 11th February 2003. This 5-year WMAP image was produced on 28th February 2008.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 2008, 21st century, 28, 28/02/2008, 28th, 5-year data, age, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, beginning of time, beginning of universe, big bang theory, colours, cosmic, cosmological, cosmology, cosmos, dating, densities, density, expansion, february, five-year, full sky, heat, hot, hubble constant, inflation, map, matter, microwave anisotropy probe, microwave background, oval, polarisation direction, pressure, radiation, recording, research, satellite, science, sky, sky survey, space, spacecraft, temperature, temperatures, universe, whole, whole sky map, wilkinson, wmap

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.