The astrophysical bloggerati are getting their comments out on the Planck results, so for interesting commentary see for example:
There were also media appearances by our own Prof Andrew Jaffe on Channel 4 News last night (you can still get that for a few hours via 4OD – his spot is right at the end of the programme, starting about 46 minutes in) – and Oxord’s Dr Jo Dunkley on Radio 4’s The Material World.
To quote Andy Lawrence, Planck seems to have shown us that ‘The Universe is EVEN MORE BORING than WMAP told us. Perfect fit to simple inflation.’ The few disagreements with that perfect fit were originally hinted at by WMAP, known as the ‘cold spot’ and the ‘axis of evil’. The rough alignment between the plane of the ecliptic and the ‘axis of evil’ is a little suspicious, suggesting that this is a foreground effect due to dust in our own solar system, and might hint that more sophisticated models of the zodiacal dust are needed.
Interestingly, such an improved model is already available thanks to Rowan-Robinson and May. It will be interesting to see what effect that has on the Planck data.