A region of the sky called the "Lockman Hole," located in the constellation of Ursa Major, is one of the areas surveyed in infrared light by the Herschel Space Observatory. All of the little dots in t...› View Image
This mosaic of the Andromeda spiral galaxy highlights explosive stars in its interior, and cooler, dusty stars forming in its many rings. The image is a combination of observations from the Herschel S...› View Image
This diagram illustrates a cosmic phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, in which a galaxy magnifies a second, more distant galaxy, making it appear brighter and easier to study. The Herschel Spac...› View Image
This image composite shows a warped and magnified view of a galaxy discovered by the Herschel Space Observatory, one of five such galaxies uncovered by the infrared telescope. The galaxy -- referred t...› View Image
The dark hole seen in the green cloud at the top of this image was likely carved out by multiple jets and blasts of radiation.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured an older picture of the dark green hole seen in the green cloud at the top of this image, as shown in the inset.
This image, in the constellation of Vulpecula, shows an entire assembly line of newborn stars.
This image is taken looking towards a region of our Milky Way galaxy in the Eagle constellation, closer to the galactic center than our sun.
RCW 120 is a galactic bubble with a large surprise. How large? At least eight times the mass of the sun.
This image from the Herschel Space Observatory shows the cloud associated with the Rosette nebula.
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.
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.
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.
This image taken by Herschel shows galaxy M74.
Ariane 5 enclosing Herschel and Planck lift off, at Europe's Spaceport on 14 May 2009.
This is an artist concept of the rocket carrying Hershel and Planck.
This is an artist concept of the Herschel Space Observatory.
Both Herschel and the Planck observatory are scheduled to lift off together aboard an Ariane ECA rocket.