Dark Star-Making Factory

Nhsc_nhsc2009-020c_1024

nhsc_nhsc2009-020c 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 are just starting to condense into new stars.

Blue shows the warmest dust pictured, and red the coolest. Infrared light with a wavelength of 70 microns is depicted in blue, and 160-micron light is in red. Much of this region of the 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/nhsc2009-020c

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
Nhsc_nhsc2009-020c_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 18m 24.2s
DEC = -63° 8’ 3.1”
Orientation
North is 65.6° CCW
Field of View
2.3 x 2.5 degrees
Constellation
Crux

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Cyan Herschel (PACS) Infrared (Far-IR) 70.0 µm
Red Herschel (PACS) Infrared (Far-IR) 160.0 µm
Spectrum_ir1
Cyan
Red
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ID
nhsc2009-020c
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/nhsc2009-020c
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Herschel, Herschel
Instrument
PACS, PACS
Color Assignment
Cyan, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Far-IR, Far-IR
Central Wavelength
70000, 160000
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
184.60102813067846, -63.13420643319904
Reference Dimension
2575, 2775
Reference Pixel
1287, 1387
Scale
-0.000888888888888889, 0.000888888888888889
Rotation
65.6
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
2018-06-21T00:14:26Z
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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