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Herschel's Largest Survey of Cosmic Dust Is Huge and Beautiful

4 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The largest ever census of dust in the local Universe has been carried out by the European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory—and the results are huge and beautiful. Read more...

Water Detected on Dwarf Planet Ceres

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres. Plumes of water vapor are thought to shoot up periodically from Ceres when portions...

The Crab Nebula Is a Swirling Cloud of Electric Purple Light

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The Crab Nebula never fails to disappoint—and that's particularly true in this image, a view by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope of the swirling cloud of dust and gas. Read more...

Crab Nebula, Devourer of Worlds

4 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Awesome composite view from the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. Here's the skinny: Read more...

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Crab Nebula Chemicals

This image shows a composite view of the Crab Nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Galaxy, as viewed by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. A wispy and filamentary cloud of gas and dust, the Crab...

Noble gas molecule discovered in space

A molecule containing a noble gas has been discovered in space by a team including astronomers from Cardiff University. The find was made using a Cardiff-led instrument aboard Europe's Herschel Space Observatory. The molecule, argon hydride, was seen in the Crab Nebula, the remains of a star that exploded 1,000 years ago. Show More Summary

Watch All 37,000 of Herschel’s Scientific Observations in One Go

5 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

From its launch in 2009, the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory was a busy little satellite. Over its lifetime it made over 37, 000 scientific observations—and this video shows them all, condensed into less than one minute. Read more...

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Warped Galactic Ring

In a strange twist of science, astronomers using the Herschel Space Observatory have discovered that a suspected ring at the center of our galaxy is warped for reasons they cannot explain. This image from Herschel, an infrared European Space Agency-led...

Herschel helps find elusive signals from the early Universe

Teaser Using a telescope in Antarctica and ESA’s Herschel space observatory, astronomers have made the first detection of a subtle twist in the relic radiation from the Big Bang, paving the way towards revealing the first moments of the Universe’s existence. read more

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Horsehead Nebula Revealed

Stunning new view from ESA’s Herschel space observatory of the iconic Horsehead Nebula in the context of its surroundings. The image is a composite of the wavelengths of 70 microns (blue), 160 microns (green) and 250 microns (red), and covers...

A Moment of Awe: A Massive Galaxy Merger 11 Billion Years Ago

Before its mission ended on June 18th, The Herschel Space Observatory spotted a massive galaxy in the process of forming, providing astronomers with a key missing link in the formation of the most massive galaxies we see around us today....

Goodnight, Herschel Space Observatory

The European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory received its final commands yesterday, having depleted the liquid helium required to make its infrared observations.

Galaxy Starbursts Triggered by Dark Matter --A Herschel Space Observatory Discovery

Most of the mass of any galaxy is expected to be "dark matter," the elusive X Factor that has yet to be detected but which astronomers believe must exist to provide sufficient gravity to prevent galaxies ripping themselves apart as....

Herschel Space Observatory Discovers Two Galaxies Colliding With Each Other

11 months agoOdd : Geekosystem

"Merger" is usually such a dull word. Companies merge. Lanes of traffic merge. But it's not all bland and boring, because large galaxies can also merge with one another to form what is scientifically referred to as a "super-giant elliptical galaxy," according to NASA -- and apparently it's happening right now. Show More Summary

The secrets of galaxy evolution

A rare encounter between two gas-rich galaxies spotted by ESA’s (European Space Agency) Herschel space observatory indicates a solution to an outstanding problem: how did massive, passive galaxies form in the early Universe? read mo...

Hot molecular gas drawn to supermassive black hole at Milky Way center

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory has made detailed observations of surprisingly hot molecular gas that may be orbiting or falling towards the supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. read more

Milky Way black hole snacks on hot gas

The Herschel space observatory has made detailed observations of surprisingly hot gas that may be orbiting or falling towards the supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Exploring the Universe: Herschel Telescope Photos

The European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory has completed its work.

RIP The World’s Largest Infrared Telescope

The Herschel Space Observatory was the world’s largest and most powerful infrared telescope, able to see parts of the universe nothing else could. Unfortunately, it met its maker last night when it ran out of the liquid helium coolant it requires to map hidden corners of the cosmos. More »

Herschel Space Telescope Goes Blind

12 months agoTechnology : Geeks are Sexy

One of the most powerful pieces of space equipment ever launched has lost its ability to collect data. As was always inevitable, the Herschel Space Observatory has run out of the helium needed to cool instruments. The observatory, built and run by the European Space Agency, was launched in 2009. It used a 3.5 meter [...]

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