Dark Wombs of Stars

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nhsc_nhsc2009-020b October 2nd, 2009

Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech

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.

Infrared, or submillimeter, light with a wavelength of 250 microns is represented in blue; 350-micron light in green; and 500-micron light in red. Much of this region of our galaxy would be hidden in visible-light views.

The area pictured is in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, 60 degrees from the center. It spans a region 2.1 by 2.1 degrees.

This image was taken by Herschel's spectral and photometric imaging receiver. Herschel is a European Space Agency mission with important participation from NASA.

Provider: Herschel Space Observatory

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

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 16.9s
DEC = -63° 0’ 56.2”
Orientation
North is 62.4° CCW
Field of View
2.1 x 2.1 degrees
Constellation
Crux

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Herschel (SPIRE) Infrared (Far-IR) 250.0 µm
Green Herschel (SPIRE) Infrared (Far-IR) 350.0 µm
Red Herschel (SPIRE) Infrared (Far-IR) 500.0 µm
color saturation has been strongly enhanced
Spectrum_ir1
Blue
Green
Red
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ID
nhsc2009-020b
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/nhsc2009-020b
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Herschel, Herschel, Herschel
Instrument
SPIRE, SPIRE, SPIRE
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Far-IR, Far-IR, Far-IR
Central Wavelength
250000, 350000, 500000
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
c
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
184.57052609612163, -63.015600904282628
Reference Dimension
1266, 1266
Reference Pixel
633, 633
Scale
-0.001666666666667, 0.001666666666667
Rotation
62.4
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
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
2018-06-21T00:14:29Z
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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