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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
Probe (WMAP) has given us quite a detailed
image of the tiny fluctuations in it - see the pictures in the
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.
WMAP Media Resources
Pretty pictures. [Detly, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
How Far Does the Cosmos Go?
Max Tegmark at MIT has one already. [pmarks, Aug 02 2010]
||As long as it doesn't affect phone reception.
||It'll double as a coffee warmer. And won't obstruct anyone's view of Venus.
||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. [+]