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    Herschel's View of 'Lockman Hole'

    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...

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  • Andromeda spiral galaxy

    Andromeda is So Hot 'n' Cold

    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...

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  • This diagram illustrates a cosmic phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, in which a galaxy magnifies a second, more distant galaxy

    Distortions of a Distant Galaxy

    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...

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  • This image composite shows a warped and magnified view of a galaxy discovered by the Herschel Space Observatory

    Analyzing the Pieces of a Warped Galaxy

    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...

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  • Infrared image of NGC 1999

    Jets Carve Out Big Hole

    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.

  • Infrared image of NGC 1999 with an inset image captured in visible light

    Big Hole Revealed in Infrared

    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.

  • Constellation of Vulpecula

    Assembly Line of Stars

    This image, in the constellation of Vulpecula, shows an entire assembly line of newborn stars.

  • Eagle constellation

    Bursting with 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.

  • The Galactic bubble RCW 120

    Galactic Bubble

    RCW 120 is a galactic bubble with a large surprise. How large? At least eight times the mass of the sun.

  • Big Babies in the Rosette Nebula

    Big Babies in the Rosette Nebula

    This image from the Herschel Space Observatory shows the cloud associated with the Rosette nebula.

  • Space dust as viewed from the Herschel Observatory

    Awash with Infrared Light

    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.

  • Space gas and dust as viewed from the Herschel Observatory

    Dark Wombs of 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 pictured here are just starting to condense into new stars.

  • Space gas and dust as viewed from the Herschel Observatory

    Dark Star-Making Factory

    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.

  • galaxy called M74

    Herschel's First Peeks at Galaxies

    This image taken by Herschel shows galaxy M74.

  • Herschel and Planck lift off

    Ariane 5 carrying Herschel and Planck lifts off

    Ariane 5 enclosing Herschel and Planck lift off, at Europe's Spaceport on 14 May 2009.

  • artist concept of Herschel and Planck separating from rocket after launch

    Artist Concept of Launch Rocket

    This is an artist concept of the rocket carrying Hershel and Planck.

  • artist concept of Herschel

    Artist Concept of Herschel

    This is an artist concept of the Herschel Space Observatory.

  • cleaning of Herschel telescope

    Cleaning of the Telescope

    Both Herschel and the Planck observatory are scheduled to lift off together aboard an Ariane ECA rocket.