Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/WMAP CMB

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WMAP CMB[edit]

The first detailed, all-sky picture of the infant universe. The WMAP image reveals 13 billion+ year old temperature fluctuations (shown as color differences; red=warmer, blue=cooler) that correspond to the seeds that grew to become the galaxies. Encoded in the patterns are the answers to many age-old questions, such as the age and geometry of the Universe.

This image adds significantly to anything it touches. For the first time, the cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature fluctuations were captured in detail, using WMAP in 2003. This image answered several questions, such as the age of the universe (13.7 billion years with only a 1% margin of error), or when stars first appeared (only 200 million years after the Big Bang). It is the best evidence yet for Big Bang and Inflation models, and sheds light on the nature of dark energy. This image and future, more detailed versions may even provide the first experimental tests of string theory. [1]. See the mission site for more info. -  BRIAN0918  17:26, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)

  • Nominate and support. -  BRIAN0918  17:26, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  • Hmmm I guess I'm slightly biased :)... but I say support.--Deglr6328 17:50, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  • Oppose An FP, while it must significantly add to an article, must also be capable of standing alone as an interesting, stimulating, exciting image. This does not. This image is pretty much nothing without its accompanying article. Denni 19:24, 2005 Mar 12 (UTC)
  • Support – adds significantly to its article, and is quite fascinating, thus in my opinion it satisfies FP requirements. --Spangineer 21:19, Mar 13, 2005 (UTC)
  • Oppose I look at it and can't see anything but a bunch of weird color inside what looks like the earth. --Fir0002 02:27, 20 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  • Support Major picture in history of astrophysics. Circeus 22:01, Mar 21, 2005 (UTC)
  • Not promoted. +4/-2. ed g2stalk 14:33, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)