Herschel Highlights

Herschel highlights

Herschel is in its main mission phase now – and with a 3.5 metre mirror it is larger than Hubble. It operates at far-infrared wavelengths.

Massive star formation in Cygnus

Bright white filaments and clumps show chains and regions of massive star formation. These shapes are sculpted by strong stellar winds.

Fomalhaut’s dust ring

The ring is much larger than the Solar system – about 130 AU in size.

Extreme carbon giant IRC+10216

The concentric rings indicate distinct episodes of mass loss separated by a few hundred years over a 16000 year time period. See http://arxiv.org/pdf/1210.3483.pdf.

The galactic centre

The region containing the black hole at the centre of the Galaxy is Sgr A*, seen here at 70 microns.

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