We have measured the ellipticity of several degree scale anisotropies in the BOOMERanG maps of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) at 150 GHz. The average ellipticity is around 2.6-2.7. The biases of the estimator of the ellipticity and for the noise are small in this case. Large spot elongation had been detected also for COBE-DMR and WMAP maps. If this effect is due to geodesic mixing, it would indicate a non-precisely zero curvature of the Universe which is among the discussed reasons of the WMAP low multipole anomaly.
- Cosmic background radiation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)