(microwave telescope in space)
Planck is a space observatory of the European Space Agency
designed to observe the cosmic microwave background,
named in honor of physicist Max Planck.
It was launched in 2009, and arrived at
the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrangian point in 2010,
and ceased operation in 2013.
- LFI "Low Frequency Instrument": 30 GHz, 44 GHz, 70 GHz (microwave)
- HFI "High Frequency Instrument": 100 GHz, 143 GHz, 217 GHz, 353 GHz, 545 GHz, 857 GHz (microwave-to-far infrared)
This range is useful for finding distant galaxy clusters.
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Referenced by pages:
Centre national d'ètudes spatiales (CNES)
European Space Agency (ESA)
Hubble time (tH)
Lambda-CDM model (ΛCDM)
Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)