Good-bye, Herschel!
ESA’s Herschel space observatory set against a background image of stellar nursery W40, 1000 light-years away in the constellation Aquila.
W40 is about 25 light-years across. It is a vast cloud of hydrogen gas, illuminated by the radiation streaming out from at least three young massive stars embedded in the cloud. About  six hundred newly forming stars are crowded into these colourful filaments of dust.
The background image was created from observations by Herschel’s PACS and SPIRE instruments.
Read the full story: Herschel closes its eyes on the Universe

Credits: ESA and SPIRE & PACS consortia, Ph. André (CEA Saclay) for Gould’s Belt Key Programme Consortia

Good-bye, Herschel!

ESA’s Herschel space observatory set against a background image of stellar nursery W40, 1000 light-years away in the constellation Aquila.

W40 is about 25 light-years across. It is a vast cloud of hydrogen gas, illuminated by the radiation streaming out from at least three young massive stars embedded in the cloud. About  six hundred newly forming stars are crowded into these colourful filaments of dust.

The background image was created from observations by Herschel’s PACS and SPIRE instruments.

Read the full story: Herschel closes its eyes on the Universe

Credits: ESA and SPIRE & PACS consortia, Ph. André (CEA Saclay) for Gould’s Belt Key Programme Consortia

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