A space ant fires its lasers16 May 2018
A space ant fires its lasers16 May 2018 A rare phenomenon connected to the death of a star has been discovered in observations made by ESA’s Herschel space observatory: an unusual laser emission from the spectacular Ant Nebula, which suggests the presence of a double star system hidden at i...
Herschel discovers galaxy merger in the very early Universe13 November 2017
Herschel discovers galaxy merger in the very early Universe13 November 2017 What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe was only a billion years old.
Herschel’s Galactic panorama22 April 2016
Herschel’s Galactic panorama22 April 2016 This new video from ESA’s Herschel space observatory reveals in stunning detail the intricate pattern of gas, dust and star-forming hubs along the plane of our Galaxy, the Milky Way.
Threading the Milky Way28 May 2015
Threading the Milky Way28 May 2015 These three new images of huge filamentary structures of gas and dust from ESA’s Herschel space observatory reveal how matter is distributed across our Galaxy, the Milky Way.
Herschel and Planck find missing clue to galaxy cluster formation31 March 2015 By combining observations of the distant Universe made with ESA’s Herschel and Planck space observatories, cosmologists have discovered what could be the precursors of the vast clusters of galaxies that we see today.
Black hole winds pull the plug on star formation25 March 2015
Black hole winds pull the plug on star formation25 March 2015 Astronomers using ESA’s Herschel space observatory have found that the winds blowing from a huge black hole are sweeping away its host galaxy’s reservoir of raw star-building material.