Legacy of Herschel Space Observatory

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This perspective of a Cygnus-X star-formation segment by Herschel highlights pell-mell networks of dirt and gas that indicate to sites of large star formation. Image Credit: ESA/PACS/SPIRE/Martin Hennemann Frederique Motte, Laboratoire AIM Paris-Saclay, CEA/Irfu — CNRS/INSU — Univ. Paris Diderot, France

To applaud a bequest of ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, that had poignant NASA contributions, a European Space Agency (ESA) has designated this week as Herschel Week, highlighting some of a mission’s accomplishments.

Herschel is a largest look-out ever launched that explored a star in infrared wavelengths, a spectrum of light that is invisible to a exposed eye. Data from a scarcely 4 years of observations, from 2009 to 2013, have helped scientists try many topics of high interest, including a following:

1. How do stars form? This doubt speaks to a core of a existence, as all a atoms that form a planets of a solar complement — and life on Earth itself — mostly originated from prior generations of stars. Herschel has supposing an rare glance into portions of a universe where stars form. Scientists have done large strides in bargain a processes that lead to a arrangement of stars in a galaxy.


2. Herschel has tracked a participation of H2O in a Milky Way. The look-out found H2O in star-forming molecular clouds, rescued it for a initial time in a seeds of destiny stars and planets, and identified a smoothness of H2O from interplanetary waste to planets in a solar system.


3. How do galaxies evolve? Herschel has helped answer this question.


Source: JPL


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