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Universe is actually 80 million to 120 million years older than earlier thought

Astronomers released the latest and most exquisite baby picture yet of the universe on Thursday, one that showed it to be 80 million to 100 million years older and a little fatter, with more light and dark matter, than previously thought, and perhaps slightly lopsided.

Recorded by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite, the image is a heat map of the cosmos as it appeared only 380,000 years after the big bang, speckled with faint spots from which galaxies would grow over billions of years.

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