Awash with Infrared Light

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nhsc_nhsc2009-020a October 2nd, 2009

Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech

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.

The image reveals a cold and turbulent region where material is just beginning to condense into new stars. It is located in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, 60 degrees from the center. Blue shows warmer material, red the coolest, while green represents intermediate temperatures. The red filaments are made up of the coldest material pictured here -- material that is slightly warmer than the coldest temperature theoretically attainable in the universe.

Light captured by the photodetector array camera and spectrometer is colored blue and green (blue represents 70-micron light, and green, 160-micron light). The light detected by the spectral and photometric imaging receiver is colored red (and shows the combined wavelengths of 250, 350 and 500 microns). The image spans a region 2.1 by 2.2 degrees.

Provider: Herschel Space Observatory

Image Source: https://www.herschel.caltech.edu/image/nhsc2009-020a

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

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

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Milky Way
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
Nebula > Type > Interstellar Medium
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 18m 20.7s
DEC = -63° 3’ 24.2”
Orientation
North is 64.8° CCW
Field of View
2.1 x 2.2 degrees
Constellation
Crux

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Herschel (PACS) Infrared (Far-IR) 70.0 µm
Green Herschel (PACS) Infrared (Far-IR) 160.0 µm
Red Herschel (SPIRE) Infrared (Far-IR) 250.0 µm
Red Herschel (SPIRE) Infrared (Far-IR) 350.0 µm
Red Herschel (SPIRE) Infrared (Far-IR) 500.0 µm
Spectrum_ir1
Blue
Green
Red
Red
Red
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ID
nhsc2009-020a
Subject Category
B.4.1.2   B.4.1.1  
Subject Name
Milky Way
Credits
ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech
Release Date
2009-10-02
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.herschel.caltech.edu/image/nhsc2009-020a
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Herschel, Herschel, Herschel, Herschel, Herschel
Instrument
PACS, PACS, SPIRE, SPIRE, SPIRE
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red, Red, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Far-IR, Far-IR, Far-IR, Far-IR, Far-IR
Central Wavelength
70000, 160000, 250000, 350000, 500000
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
184.58605813661055, -63.056732202558564
Reference Dimension
2353, 2452
Reference Pixel
1176, 1226
Scale
-0.000888888888888889, 0.000888888888888889
Rotation
64.8
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Need to verify in WWT
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
2018-06-21T00:14:31Z
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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