Sep. 16, 2010
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Planck's First Glimpse

- at Galaxy Clusters and a New Supercluster

  • Large-scale structure in the Universe. This illustration depicts the large-scale distribution of galaxies as seen by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, an ambitious project that determined the distances of about one million galaxies. Credit: Sloan Digital Sky Survey Team, NASA, NSF, DOELarge-scale structure in the Universe. This illustration depicts the large-scale distribution of galaxies as seen by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, an ambitious project that determined the distances of about one million galaxies. Credit: Sloan Digital Sky Survey Team, NASA, NSF, DOE

Surveying the microwave sky, Planck has obtained its very first images of galaxy clusters, amongst the largest objects in the Universe, by means of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect, a characteristic signature they imprint on the Cosmic Microwave Background. Joining forces in a fruitful collaboration between ESA missions, XMM-Newton followed up Planck's detections and revealed that one of them is a previously unknown supercluster of galaxies.

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