Baby Pictures of the Cosmos, Now in HD

A new map of the universe's earliest moments shows its fiery start and suggests an icy ending.

Cosmologists have long had a fuzzy view of the newborn universe and its basic components. 

But in March, the European Space Agency announced that its orbiting Planck telescope had taken the temperature of 50 million tiny patches of sky, creating the highest-resolution baby picture of the whole universe ever taken, and allowing astronomers to better understand the first moments after the Big Bang.