Disturbing the Universe

David L Clements, science and science fiction

Planck at the Royal Society (with added Brian Cox)

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We’re back!

Planck has a stand at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition again. This time we’re showcasing the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and the polarisation work of Planck, that has the promise of revealing hints about the physics behind the Big Bang. It runs all next week so please come along and see us.

We spent the last 2 days setting up our stand, which includes chunks of space hardware, a virtual reality microwave background, images of the sky from radio to far-IR, a 3D printed CMB and much more, along with the chance to make your own models of the Planck sky and of Planck itself.

I’ve been tweeting some of the set up but the most popular tweet I made today (and perhaps ever) was after we had finished, when Prof Brian Cox visited us. I was interviewed about the stand but before that I managed to snap this candid thermal infrared image of him…


I can’t imagine why this is so popular.


Author: davecl

Astronomy, science, science fiction

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