The end of an era

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Coming out of lurking mode for a very brief post that notes the end of one of the most important experiments to cosmologists, astronomers, scientists and just about anyone who has an interest in how our Universe came to be.

After 9 years of peering through billions of years of cosmic history, the WMAP satellite has now stopped taking data – you can read the press release here.

The importance of WMAP to the confidence we have in the standard cosmological model today can’t easily be over-stated. We look forward to Planck taking over, and launching us into yet another era of precision cosmology and new and exciting discoveries!

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