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Photos: Herschel Space Observatory's Amazing Infrared Images

ESA Herschel Image of Andromeda (M31)

ESA/Herschel/PACS & SPIRE Consortium, O. Krause, HSC, H. Linz

ESA Herschel space observatory image of Andromeda (M31) using both PACS and SPIRE instruments to observe at infrared wavelengths of 70 mm (blue), 100 mm (green) and 160 mm and 250 mm combined (red). Image released Jan. 28, 2013.

Supernova Remnant W44

Herschel: Q. Nguyen Luong & F. Motte, HOBYS Key Program consortium, Herschel SPIRE/PACS/ESA consortia. XMM-Newton: ESA/XMM-Newton

Supernova remnant W44 is the focus of this new image created by combining data from ESA’s Herschel and XMM-Newton space observatories. Image released Nov. 14, 2012.

Taurus Molecular Cloud

ESA/Herschel/SPIRE

Herschel’s infrared view of part of the Taurus Molecular Cloud, within which the bright, cold pre-stellar cloud L1544 can be seen at the lower left. It is surrounded by many other clouds of gas and dust of varying density. The Taurus Molecular Cloud is about 450 light-years from Earth and is the nearest large region of star formation. The image covers a field of view of approximately 1 x 2 arcminutes. Image released Oct. 9, 2012.

Ariane 5 Rocket Launches Herschel and Planck Satellites

ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE - Photo Optique Video CSG, P. Baudon, 2009

On 14 May 14, 2009, the Herschel and Planck satellite pair lifted off on board an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

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