Herschels Daring Test: A Glimpse of Things to Come

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nhsc_nhsc2009-016a June 26th, 2009

Credit: ESA and the PACS Consortium

Three-color far-infrared image of M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy.

Red, green and blue correspond to the 160-micron, 100-micron and 70-micron wavelength bands of the Herschels Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer, PACS instruments.

Glowing light from clouds of dust and gas around and between the stars is visible clearly. These clouds are a reservoir of raw material for ongoing star formation in this galaxy. Blue indicates regions of warm dust that is heated by young stars, while the colder dust shows up in red.

Provider: Herschel Space Observatory

Image Source: https://www.herschel.caltech.edu/image/nhsc2009-016a

Curator: NASA Herschel Science Center, Pasadena, CA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/imagepolicy/

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Whirlpool Galaxy Messier 51 M51 NGC 5194
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Galaxy > Type > Interacting
Galaxy > Grouping > Pair

Distance

Universescale2
23,000,000 light years

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Herschel (PACS) Infrared (Far-IR) 70.0 µm
Green Herschel (PACS) Infrared (Far-IR) 100.0 µm
Red Herschel (PACS) Infrared (Far-IR) 160.0 µm
Spectrum_ir1
Blue
Green
Red
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ID
nhsc2009-016a
Subject Category
C.5.1.1.   C.5.1.7.   C.5.5.1.  
Subject Name
Whirlpool Galaxy, Messier 51, M51, NGC 5194
Credits
ESA and the PACS Consortium
Release Date
2009-06-26
Lightyears
23,000,000
Redshift
0.002
Reference Url
https://www.herschel.caltech.edu/image/nhsc2009-016a
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Herschel, Herschel, Herschel
Instrument
PACS, PACS, PACS
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Far-IR, Far-IR, Far-IR
Central Wavelength
70000, 100000, 160000
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NASA Herschel Science Center
URL
http://www.herschel.caltech.edu/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
1200 E. California Blvd.
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
Rights
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/imagepolicy/
Publisher
Publisher ID
nhsc
Resource ID
Metadata Date
2018-06-21T00:12:24Z
Metadata Version
1.2
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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Universescalefull
23,000,000 light years