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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Has the cosmic alignment of Earth and the Solar System been explained (CMB anisotropy)

The Cosmic Microwave Background anisotropy is currently aligning Earth and the Solar System with the largest and earliest structure of the universe. Has this been explained yet? Or are the theories ...
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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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Where is radiation density in the Planck 2013 results?

I've been looking at the Planck 2013 cosmological parameters paper, trying to update my toy cosmology simulator with the most recent data. Most of the interesting values such as $H_0$, $\Omega_m$, ...
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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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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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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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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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Strange modulation of radioactive decay rates with solar activity

Recently I found out this strange article about nuclear decay rates somehow showing seasonal variations with a high correlation with sun activity. Has this been experimentally confirmed/disproved? ...
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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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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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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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Have CMB photons “cooled” or been “stretched”?

Introductory texts and popular accounts of why we see the "once hot" CMB as microwaves nearly always say something about the photons "cooling" since the Big Bang. But isn't that misleading? Don't ...
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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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Could I see the cosmic microwave background if it were Doppler shifted enough?

If I traveled fast enough, my current understanding is that visible light would be blueshifted to the blue/UV range, but also that microwaves and longer wavelength waves would be blueshifted into the ...
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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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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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Would the presence of B-modes in the CMB provide evidence for quantum gravity?

Finding B-modes in the CMB (which aren't due to foreground contamination) would be evidence for gravitational waves, because they cannot be produced by density perturbations (to first order, is my ...
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CMB curly B-modes and dark matter

I raised a question a while ago regarding weak gravitational lensing of galaxies and the CMB. With all the fuzz with the BICEP2 data, I think it is time to raise even more questions about this amazing ...
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BICEP2 experiments

How was the polarization experimentally measured in the BICEP2 experiments and why did they look specifically at B-modes? Why is it implying the existence of gravitational waves and the need to ...
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What do the line segments on the BICEP2 B-mode polarization map mean?

The first image of BICEP2 visuals shows the "BICEP2 B-mode Signal", described as follows: Gravitational waves from inflation generate a faint but distinctive twisting pattern in the polarization ...
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Inflation Scale via CMB Polarization

COBE, WMAP, and now PLANCK, have or are in the process of measuring anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background. WMAP has dectected E-mode polarization from electron Thomson scattering, but not B-...
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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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Could there have been two “Big Bangs”?

A couple of years ago, I remember seeing a documentary on the big bang theory. The theory presented was that to explain the cosmic microwave background radiation, there needed to have been two big ...
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Where does CMB come/emit from?

Where exactly does CMB come from. I've seen it in documentaries as a huge sphere with Earth in the middle. But if all this radiation was ejected from the start of the universe some time after the big ...
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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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How can we detect cosmic background radiation?

From what I understand, CMB is the left over radiation from the Big Bang. As all matter, including the Earth, was made during the Big Bang and then as the universe expanded that matter/energy got ...
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Inflation and scalar spectral index

I've been reading that the results from the Planck satellite constrain a number called the "scalar spectral index" to be 0.96 rather than 1 at the 5-sigma level. This is supposed to be big news, but ...
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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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Temperature in space

Temperature is a measure of kinetic energy transferred to particles, henceforth, space being vacuum, temperature cannot be measured. But then, there is cosmic background radiation. It is the leftover ...
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CMB parameter, what's the meaning of the matter power spectrum normalization $\sigma_8$?

Most CMB experiments like WMAP and Planck include a certain cosmological parameter called $\sigma_8$. My understanding is that normalization of the matter power spectrum is not a theoretical ...
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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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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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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 ...