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Herschel images present a stunning insight into the distribution of matter in our galaxy

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Three stunning new images from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory are providing new insights into how matter is distributed in our galaxy. Observations made by the orbital telescope have led astronomers to conclude that our galaxy is threaded...Show More Summary

Ep. 173: Herschel Space Observatory

Last week we talked about Herschel the people – William Herschel, his sister Caroline, and his son John. This week we look at the Herschel Space Observatory, a mission launched in 2009 to reveal the coldest and dustiest regions in the Universe.

A Cosmic Ring That Appeared Out of Nowhere

6 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The Herschel Space Observatory managed to get a picture of a cosmic ring in the huge cloud of gas and dust called NGC 7538. Normally, rings like this are caused by the winds of O-type stars or by their supernovae. But there's no O-type star remnant at the center of this ring. Did a star blow this bubble and then move on, before Herschel got its picture? Read more...

Infant Galaxy Clusters --"May Reveal Role of Dark Matter in Shaping the Universe"

By combining observations of the distant Universe made with ESA's Herschel and Planck space observatories, cosmologists have discovered what could be the precursors of the vast clusters of galaxies that we see today. Galaxies like our Milky Way with its...

Mystery galaxies: Astronomers discover likely precursors of galaxy clusters we see today

Observations made with two space observatories, Herschel and Planck, reveal glimpses into how today's galaxies came to be. Using one-of-a-kind instrumentation, astronomers were able to study large numbers of 'mystery galaxies' that appear to be associated with clusters.

Bad Astronomy Video: The Pink and Purple Crab

Take equal parts 1) supernova, 2) Hubble Space Telescope, and 3) Herschel infrared Observatory. Mix well. What do you get? Purple (and pink) majesty. This video is based on an article I wrote about this observation. And yeah, you want...Show More Summary

Herschel observes Andromeda's past and future stars

Recently, the infrared Herschel Space Observatory, has taken a series of beautiful high-resolution infrared images of Andromeda. It is the first time we can see M31, at these wavelengths, at such a high resolution. The quality and sensitivity...Show More Summary

Molecule vital for creating water exists in dying sun-like stars

Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars.

Dying Sun-Like Stars Contain Molecules Vital For Making Water

New observations by the European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory have revealed that the burning embers of Sun-like stars at the end of their lives actually contain molecules vital for the creation of water. Read more...

Herschel sees budding stars and a giant, strange ring

The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538. The observations have revealed numerous clumps of material, a baker's dozen of which may evolve into the most powerful kinds of stars in the universe. Show More Summary

The Albedo-color Diversity of Transneptunian Objects

"TNOs Are Cool": A survey of the transneptunian region. XII. The albedo-color diversity of transneptunian objectsAuthors:Lacerda et alAbstract:We analyze albedo data obtained using the Herschel Space Observatory that reveal the existence of two distinct types of surface among midsized transneptunian objects. Show More Summary

Gigantic Cosmic Ring Structure Baffles Astronomers

Astronomers have looked at galaxy NGC 7538 with the Herschel Space Observatory and identified 13 massive, dense clumps where colossal stars could form in the future," said Cassandra Fallscheer, a visiting assistant professor of astronomy at Whitman College, and lead...

A Size Chart Of The Cold Worlds That Orbit Our Sun Beyond Neptune

last yearGenres / Sci Fi : io9

As many as 1,400 icy objects inhabit a region of our solar system some 2.9 to 4.7 billion miles from the sun. The European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory has studied 132 of them, revealing a striking diversity of shapes, sizes and colors. Read more...

Galaxies Born Early in the Universe Puzzling Astronomers

Astronomers have found an exceptionally distant galaxy, ranked among the top 10 most distant objects currently known in space. New Herschel Space Observatory findings have given scientists at Arizona State University a remarkable insight into the internal dynamics of two...

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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

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