Analysis of data from the European Space Agency’s Planck mission has found some new things about our universe, including:
– It’s older than we believed, at about 13.81 billion years.
– It’s expanding more slowly than we expected.
– It’s made up of 4.9 percent normal matter, 26.8 percent dark matter, and 68.3 percent dark energy.
– And finally, our universe is a tiny bit lopsided.
Of all of that, it’s the *lopsided* that catches your attention, right? How can the universe be lopsided? I mean, what could that possibly mean? _Slate_’s Bad Astronomy blog has [some explanations].
(It turns out, I think, that the lopsidedness reveals, potentially, a possible pre-Big Bang pattern or existence. Yeah, let that sink in.)
And then there’s this incredible visualization:
[some explanations]: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/03/21/age_of_the_universe_planck_results_show_universe_is_13_82_billion_years.html