The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is the electromagnetic radiation in the microwave band which can be observed throughout the whole universe, not connected to any astronomical object. Its spectrum follows a very precise black-body radiation with a temperature of about 2.7 K.

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Where does this data comparing the CMB with Eddington's 'temperature of space' come from?

Eddington estimated the temperature of space assuming that star light would be scattered by interstellar dust. He came pretty close to the temperature of the CMB. http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/...
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Why is it said that photon-wavelengths have increased by a factor of 1000 since our universe became transparent to light?

After reading several explanations for the so-called "Hubble-radius", and still being confused, (as I reckon are some of the folks who tried to answer THAT question !!), I have a related question, ...
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Are all particles in the universe quantum-entangled on some level?

The CMB indicates the universe was in a thermal equilibrium early on, which I understand indicates causal connection. There appears to have been some rapid expansion, and the universe now appears to ...
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Estimation of Location of First Acoustic Peak

This question is inspired by the page at NED and references it throughout the question. On the linked page there is a method for calculating the location of the first acoustic peak of the CMB. It ...
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How do we know what happened during the Big Bang?

Any data that we have on the Big Bang comes from the cosmic microwave background (CMB) which was created about 380,000 years after the Big Bang. From there we have been able to calculate what the ...
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Reference frame for the Cosmic Neutrino Background

It is well known that there exists a reference frame where the total momentum of the Cosmic Microwave Background is zero (a basic fact of special relativity applied to a collection of massless ...
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Why did our universe become transparent to light approx. 300,000 years after the Big Bang started?

Most books say that at age 300,000 years, our universe had cooled to approx. 3000 degrees Kelvin, which allowed free-electrons to bind with atomic nuclei, which allowed light to travel, unimpeded, ...
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How do we filter out radiation from galaxies from the cosmic background radiation?

When a whole sky view is done to get a picture of the cosmic background radiation the radiation from our Galaxy is filtered out, and we are left with a picture which show radiation coming, more or ...
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How much noise is in the Cosmic Background Radiation, especially from Cosmic Rays

Do we have an estimate of how much noise, if any, say caused by cosmic rays in particular, is present in the CMB datasets and the maps based upon them? Can we extrapolate a figure from the cosmic ray ...
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Do AGN produce protons that are relativistic enough to collide with the CMB and make pions?

AGN (Active Galactic Nuclei) produce protons in their jets and they are relativistic. I was reading about photo-pion production, where a proton and photon annihilate to produce a pion. Could this ...
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What is the estimator that used to de-rotation of CMB polarization? [duplicate]

For de-rotation of CMB polarization we need to use of estimator for rotation angle. and used many estimator for this process.
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Will the CMB rest frame always coincide with co-moving coordinates?

I understand that the CMB rest frame for a typical FLRW universe should coincide with co-moving coordinates, but under what conditions won't the two coincide? For example if the universe had some net ...
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Gravitational wave and string theory

I'm new to physics and have been reading about fundamental and textbook physics text, which is the Young & Freedman University Physics (good book). I'm little skeptical towards string theory as ...
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calculation of mean energy value of CMB photons for recombination

I am interested in the calculation of the mean energy value of CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background) photons from which the recombination is performed. The subject on French Wikipedia says : "...
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What is the relationship between the E mode polarisation of the CMB and the velocity of the primordial plasma precisely?

I understand that the CMB is polarised into E and B modes due to Thompson scattering in the primordial plasma of the early universe. Also, I understand that this polarisation is directly related to ...
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Is there a direct/indirect detection for the homogeneity of the Universe?

I know that for mathematical simplicity the Universe is assumed to be isotropic and homogeneous (the cosmological principle). The isotropy of the universe, and correct me if I'm wrong, is confirmed ...
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How is this conflict about age of the universe resolved?

In a previous Phys.SE question, Does a spaceship travelling at near lightspeed see the universe aging slow or fast?, the answer (which was followed by a proof involving co-moving reference frames) was ...
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Radiative equilibrium in orbit of a black hole

According to Life under a black sun, Miller's planet from Interstellar, with a time dilation factor of 60,000, should be heated to around 890C by blue-shifted cosmic background radiation. How they ...
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What determines the size of features on the CMB?

I have been learning about baryon acoustic oscillations. I am however confused about the size of the features as seen on the CMB. It is claimed that the largest structures have a size given by the ...
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Baryonic acoustic oscillations: Why are there standing waves in the CMB?

On page three of the following http://www.quantumfieldtheory.info/CMB.pdf, Klauber talks about the formation of standing waves from acoustic vibrations in the early universe. He claims that they form ...
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Scales In Inflationary Cosmology

In inflationary cosmology terminologies, what do the scale, scale invariance and scale dependence really mean? This is an excerpt from http://arxiv.org/pdf/astro-ph/0702170v3.pdf "In presenting ...
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Scanning the universe - edit: expanding or shrinking

I know that this may sound as a very basic question, but how come that we can detect CMB radiation, light or gravitational waves from the big-bang era? Shouldn't this radiation has overtaken us a ...
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Problem with denoising BICEP2 data?

This question pertains to this article which talks about why the BICEP2 measurements of B-mode polarization in Cosmic microwave background radiation turned out to be noise from galactic stardust. They ...
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Will the CMB eventually recede outside our observable universe?

As I understand it, some billions of years ago, the universe used to be opaque (edge of the sun - orange colored). Due to the expansion of the universe, photons emitted billions of years ago from ...
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Will CMB images change as technology progresses?

Will cosmic background radiation images change as technology progresses? Will they become more precise, so to speak? I am asking because the images gotten by Planck and WAMP differ greatly. Will the ...
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What do the $T, E, B$ in polarization spectra mean?

I was reading about CMB Polarization here. I know that $E$ and $B$ stand for E-mode and B-mode, but what does the $T$ mean? The author states that there are 3 observables: $T, E, B$ and six spectra: $...
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What would we observe as background on the sky if the big bang had never occurred?

The data we've received so far from satellites such as WMAP paints a near uniform distribution in intensity of the background radiation that we take as evidence that our universe had an origin, and ...
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I need Resources on CMB Neutrinos

I am doing a research paper for upper level undergrad class on CMB neutrinos (C$\nu$B). I need papers that explain CMB Neutrinos from the ground up like the main theory behind the CMB Neutrinos and ...
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How do we know that the cosmic background radiation comes from the early universe?

How do we know that the source of the CMB comes from the early universe, and we don't simply observe the rare interstellar or intergalactic dust of 3K temperature?
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The CMB and the Hubble comoving radius

I have been thinking on this for a while and i don't get it. My point is, the comoving Hubble radius $(aH)^{-1}$ is the distance at wich the universe expansion begins to be superluminical. In an ...
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Size of the universe from CMB?

The CMB is almost 13.8 billion light years away in every direction so the diameter of the visible universe as we actually observe it is 27.6 billion light years, twice the distance light traveled over ...
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How is the first acoustic peak calculated in CMB?

I'm trying to work out the rudiments of the CMB power curve. Looking at the Plank results, we're given the sound horizon at recombination as $\theta = 1.04147\times 10^{-2}$ (radians). So the first ...
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Is the CMB Cold spot growing or shrinking?

What do we know about the nature of this region of the sky? is that region entirely devoid of galaxies? Could it be a bubble void, and we are simply unable to see the galaxies that are on the ...
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How will TV Noise look like If we remove the Cosmic Microwave Background?

People have been saying that a small amount of noises you see in the Analog TV is from the CMB and other devices. What if the CMB never existed and the TV never got affected by devices? (Maybe in ...
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Why doesn't the Cosmic Microwave Background heat my food like a Microwave?

I know the reason we have a CMB is because the photons don't react with any of the matter in the universe, or the mean distance between interactions for photons generated since decoupling is now the ...
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Is the fluctuation pattern of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) identical in every location of the universe?

I know that the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is the leftover radiation from the "surface of last scattering". Let's say an alien civilisation lives on andromeda or further away. Would they see ...
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How do quantum fluctuations lead to overdense regions in the CMB?

I've read a lot of work about Inflation but yet to find a cogent description where someone explains exactly what 'quantum fluctuations' are and how they led to overdense regions in the CMB. I get the ...
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The steady state theory, can it now be falsified on particle physics grounds, in addition to CMB data?

The steady state theory is no longer taken seriously by most physicists and the Big Bang theory is supported by an enormous amount of evidence, especially the CMB data. But from a quick scan through ...
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The temperature in space is about 3K, however there are almost no atoms in space. How can there be residual heat?

My understanding is that heat is essentially atomic vibrations. If there are almost no atoms, how can there be residual heat? Also, as I understand in space there is no heat transfer via convection ...
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Velocity of Solar System relative to CMB

In the book 'An introduction to science of cosmology' by Raine and Thomas, they have two equations $$ \frac{\Delta T}{T} = \frac{v}{c}\cos\theta'\qquad (4.14) $$ $$ T = (3.372±0.014)×10^{-3}\cos\theta'...
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Is the cosmic microwave background radiation red shifted?

My question is. If the cosmic background radiation is red shifted how would you calculate the wavelength at the time it was emitted ?
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Units of angular power spectrum

I am not sure whether this question might be better suited for crossvalidated or stackoverflow, but I will give it a try here: I have a map of the full sky in in the healpix format, units are $\rm ...
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Is there a standard of rest in the universe? [duplicate]

If you measure the cosmic background radiation you will find that in any direction it is roughly the same. However, if you were to travel near the speed of light relative to the Earth in a particular ...
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How do we know that the CMBR is the oldest light?

How do we know that the CMBR is the oldest light which we can see? Is it based just on the facts 1.that waves redshift with expanding space, and 2.predictions of the big bang theory; Or is there a way ...
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How do we tell the CMB apart from other radiation?

Say I want to observe the CMB and the CMB only. I point my device (telescope in some frequency range) at the sky and start looking. How do I know it should be in the Microwave spectrum? How do I ...
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Number density of CMB photons?

When we talk about the present-day number density of photons ($n_\gamma\approx 10^8 $ $m^{-3}$) in the universe do we mean the number density of CMB photons? I mean there are other sources of photons, ...
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What is the mix of ordinary mass vs. ordinary radiating energy in the universe?

I have seen data showing that the estimated mix of dark energy in the universe is 68.3%, the mix of dark matter is 26.8% and the mix of ordinary matter is 4.9%1. However, within "ordinary matter," ...
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Best evidence for Big Bang? [duplicate]

Why is the existence of cosmic microwave background regarded as the best evidence of Big Bang (or Big Bang model?)?
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Has cosmic microwave background kept a constant frequency?

Has the frequency of CMBR changed at all since the beginning of the universe? Has it always had a microwave frequency or has the frequency increased/decreased over time or is the change due to factors ...
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Implications of dark matter imprints on Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation?

Looking at this link, CMB Anisotropy, I have two questions regarding the possible creation and properties of dark matter: If dark matter has left it's imprint on the CMB, that to me, would imply ...