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Cosmic Microwave Background Globe

For the geek who has everything
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The cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation is the most ancient part of the universe we've ever detected - more than 13 billion years old. It is the radiation left over from when the universe settled down and matter started to form as we know it today. The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) has given us quite a detailed image of the tiny fluctuations in it - see the pictures in the link below.

The CMB Globe would simply be the WMAP image in the spherical geometry it should be seen. It would make a neat addition to any geek's study; along with a blockmount of a CERN bubble chamber image, and an ACME Klien Bottle.

Detly, Mar 21 2004

WMAP Media Resources http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/m_or.html
Pretty pictures. [Detly, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

How Far Does the Cosmos Go? http://www.closerto...Go-Max-Tegmark-/885
Max Tegmark at MIT has one already. [pmarks, Aug 02 2010]

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       As long as it doesn't affect phone reception.
FarmerJohn, Mar 22 2004
  

       It'll double as a coffee warmer. And won't obstruct anyone's view of Venus.
Detly, Mar 28 2004
  

       I'd buy it, maybe...
whatastrangeperson, Mar 28 2004
  

       nice research
Macdaddyx1, Feb 10 2008
  

       Geeks have studies? Don't they live in their parents' basements, or dorm rooms, or just upload themselves to the cloud? Anyway, I want one of these; I've already got the ACME Klein bottle. [+]
mouseposture, Aug 02 2010
  
      
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