Stars are bursting into life all over this image from ESA's Herschel space observatory. It depicts the giant molecular cloud RCW106, a massive billow of gas and dust almost 12 000 light-years away in the southern constellation of Norma, the Carpenter's Square.
To have life, you first need organic molecules, but where did these come from? It's a big question that isn't easy to answer, but data from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory indicates that ultraviolet light from stars may be a key factor in turning interstellar gases into complex molecules. Show More Summary
The European Space Agency's Herschel Observatory has captured snapshot of space that looks like an impressionist painting.
A newly-released image taken by the now decommissioned Herschel Space Observatory displays the complex and chaotic structure of the Vulpecula OB1 star formation region. The tumultuous scene, revealed thanks to the infrared capabilities...Show More Summary
Thanks to the Kepler space telescope and the Herschel observatory, scientists finally have enough data to get inspired. The post Give Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10 the Real Name It Deserves Already appeared first on WIRED.
The European Space Agency has released a stunning video constructed from data collected by the Herschel space observatory over the course of its short operational life. The video displays a detailed panorama of the Milky Way as seenShow More Summary
ESA's Herschel space observatory mission released today a series of unprecedented maps of star-forming hubs in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. This is accompanied by a set of cataloges of hundreds of thousands of compact sources that span...
Star formation is taking place all around us. The Milky Way is laced with clouds of dust and gas that could become the nursery of the next generation of stars. Thanks to ESA’s Herschel space observatory, we can now look...
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
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.
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...
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...
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.
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
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
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.
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...
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
"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
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...