Thursday, March 6, 2008

Remember the WMAP conspiracy!

Yesterday the result of the analysis of five years of WMAP data were released (earlier results were based on three years of data). WMAP is the satellite detector that is mapping the cosmic microwave background radiation. From the pattern of tiny fluctuations in the temperature of this radiation we can learn a lot about the universe and how it evolved.

One piece of folklore among physicists is the initials of Stephen Hawking that can be found by the ever pattern finding human eye slightly to the left of the center of the picture. (Actually it looks more like S'H, or S'K, but anyway.) This is a good starting point for conspiracy theories. Especially over a couple of beers.

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