I want to know as much as I can about this picture. http://www.esa.int/images/PLANCK_FSM_03_Black.jpg Its the most beautiful picture I've ever seen. What an accomplishment. Must have been one heck of a party when they seen this for the first time. Now here's what my brain sees when I look at it. The top and bottom are remnants of a "sphere" that was ripped in half when an enormous amount of energy burst through the center. Now I would like to know what trained minds see when they look at it. What do the different colors represent? What is the bright line through the center? Why does everything appear to be attached to the bright line? I believe the top and bottom are the CMB, if that assumption is correct, why is it shaped and formed the way it is? If that is not correct then what is correct? Any information you have on what the picture shows or how it was taken would be greatly appreciated. What cooling technology did they use to acquire this picture?