Some of the coldest and darkest dust in space shines brightly in this infrared image from the Herschel Observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important participation from NASA. The image is a composite of light captured simultaneously by two of Herschel's three instruments -- the photodetector array camera and spectrometer, and its spectral and photometric imaging receiver.
October 2nd, 2009
This image from the Herschel Observatory reveals some of the coldest and darkest material in our galaxy. The choppy clouds of gas and dust pictured here are just starting to condense into new stars. The yellow filaments show the coldest dust dotted with the youngest embryonic stars.
October 2nd, 2009
This initial release of the AstroPix website is an early preview beta. Note that it does not reflect the final feature set and offers only a subset of the intended content. Expect to see numerous changes to site functionality, expanded content, and more complete documentation in the coming months.
Welcome to a new way to explore and share the universe! AstroPix offers access to the collected image libraries of a variety of the leading astronomical observatories under a single unified interface. Assets will include a full range of astronomical observations, illustrations, charts, and photographs spanning the field of Astronomy.
The site will automatically pull in the latest imagery as soon as it becomes available. Initial partners include Spitzer, Chandra, Hubble, Galex, WISE, and ESO, with more coming soon.
All of the AstroPix imagery is richly tagged with metadata describing the content, from titles and captions to astronomical facilities and coordinates. It employs the Astronomy Visualization Metadata (AVM) standard, which allows both general information (title, caption, credit, etc.) as astronomy-specific data (observations, coordinates, etc.) to be embedded directly into the images. Documentation on AVM can be found at the Virtual Astronomy Multimedia Project.