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Bad Astronomy Blog » The Universe is 13.73 +/- .12 billion years old!

March 8th, 2008

080997_5yrFullSky_WMAP_512B Good Morning Silicon Valley had a quick link to a story by Phil Plait of the Bad Astronomy Blog.  It was Phil’s explanation of recent findings published by NASA (from data collected over the last five years) about the content makeup and more definitive age of the universe.  The latest results are because of observations made by the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP).

Things that I found interesting were the age of the universe (13.73 billion years), the fact that the universe is mostly dark energy / dark matter and that the variance in temperature across the observable universe is incredibly minute.  Both the Bad Astronomy blog and NASA’s site are worth the read if you have time.

Links:  Bad Astronomy Blog » The Universe is 13.73 +/- .12 billion years old! , NASA – WMAP Mission Results

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